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Shot cut trip short (3)


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'shot cut' is the definition.
'rid' can be an answer for 'shot' (getting shot of something is getting rid of it). I am not sure about the 'cut' bit.

'trip short' is the wordplay.
'trip' becomes 'ride' (eg a trip in a car).
'short' means to remove the last letter.
'ride' with its last letter removed is 'RID'.

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(Other definitions for rid that I've seen before include "Lose, shake off" , "Free (person of affliction)" , "Free from something unpleasant" , "Free (someone of something unwanted)" , "Throw off, unburden" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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