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Squeeze a measure of column at foot of page (5)


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'squeeze' is the definition.
(I know that squeeze can be written as pinch)

'a measure of column at foot of page' is the wordplay.
'a measure of column' becomes 'inch' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).
'at foot of' says to put letters next to each other (in a down clue, some letters go below others).
'page' becomes 'p'.
'inch' put after 'p' is 'PINCH'.

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(Other definitions for pinch that I've seen before include "Steal; small quantity" , "Economise - steal" , "appropriate" , "amount of salt?" , "Grip sharply; steal" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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