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Stepped in time with baton (4)


I believe the answer is:


'stepped' is the definition.
('tread' can be a synonym of 'step')

'time with baton' is the wordplay.
'time' becomes 't' (abbreviation).
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'baton' becomes 'rod' (both can mean a stick).

'in' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for trod that I've seen before include "Walked heavily, put foot down" , "Walked in a specific way" , "Walked upon" , "Crushed (grapes) by foot" , "Pressed (something) down with the feet" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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