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Staff meeting generates order (7)


I believe the answer is:


'order' is the definition.
(I know that mandate is a more specific form of the action order)

'staff meeting' is the wordplay.
'staff' becomes 'man' (as in staffing or manning a particular place).
'meeting' becomes 'date' (date is a kind of meeting).

'generates' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for mandate that I've seen before include "Decree" , "Authority conferred on a tandem" , "Authorization, official instruction" , "Authority to act" , "Give authority to" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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