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Surprised reaction when girl's first met snake (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

gasp

'surprised reaction' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'girl's first met snake' is the wordplay.
'girl's first' becomes 'g' (ast letter of 'girl').
'met' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'snake' becomes 'asp' (asp is a kind of snake).
'g'+'asp'='GASP'

'when' is the link.

(Other definitions for gasp that I've seen before include "Noisily breathe" , "Gaps in struggle for breath" , "Convulsive breath" , "First Greek letter" , "Have trouble breathing" .)

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