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They pinch children (7)


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'children' is the definition.
('nipper' can be a synonym of 'child')

'they pinch' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'pinch' could be 'nip' (nip can mean to pinch or bite) and 'nip' is found within the answer.
The remaining letters 'pers' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for nippers that I've seen before include "Small children" , "They put the squeeze on" , "Claws; children" , "pickpockets" , "kids?" .)

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