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... the present holder’s fabulous repartee! (4,4)


I believe the answer is:

pear tree

'the present holder's' is the definition.
(as in 'a partridge in a pear tree')

'fabulous repartee' is the wordplay.
'fabulous' is an anagram indicator.
'repartee' anagrammed gives 'PEAR-TREE'.

(Other definitions for pear tree that I've seen before include "it should bear fruit" , "Conference provider" , "Partridge roost at Christmas?" , "present setting" , "What comes with start of Christmas" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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