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They dared to work and remove water (9)


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'remove water' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both related to change as well as being verbs in their base form.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'they dared to work' is the wordplay.
'to work' is an anagram indicator (letters worked into a new order).
'theydared' is an anagram of 'DEHYDRATE'.

'and' is the link.

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(Other definitions for dehydrate that I've seen before include "Preserve by removing all liquid from" , "Deprive of water" , "Remove moisture content from, dry out" , "Drain" , "Remove water from" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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