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Sheer rip. perhaps (8)

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perisher

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'sheer rip perhaps' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'sheer rip perhaps' is the wordplay.
'perhaps' indicates anagramming the letters.
'sheer'+'rip'='sheerrip'
'sheerrip' with letters rearranged gives 'PERISHER'.

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(Other definitions for perisher that I've seen before include "pain" , "source of annoyance" , "One dies" , "Little imp" , "Annoying person" .)

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