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Stop, giving cold comfort (5)

Ross

I think it could be either:

cease

ease

'stop' is the definition.
('cease' can be a synonym of 'stop')

'giving cold comfort' is the wordplay.
'giving' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'cold' becomes 'c' (eg on taps).
'comfort' becomes 'ease' (easing is a kind of comforting).
'c' put next to 'ease' is 'CEASE'.

(Other definitions for cease that I've seen before include "Discontinue" , "Culminate" , "Come to an end" , "Stop, terminate" , "Stop, give over" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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