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Servant left during rescue (5)


I believe the answer is:


'servant' is the definition.

'left during rescue' is the wordplay.
'left' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation).
'during' is an insertion indicator.
'rescue' becomes 'save' (saving is a kind of rescuing).
'l' put within 'save' is 'SLAVE'.

(Other definitions for slave that I've seen before include "Person owned by another" , "Person who is the property of another" , "Work excessively hard" , "Person owned for work" , "Person in thraldom" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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