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Tree totally covers entrance to London thoroughfare (4,4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pall mall

'thoroughfare' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'tree totally covers entrance to london' is the wordplay.
'tree' becomes 'palm' (palm tree is a kind of tree).
'totally' becomes 'all'.
'covers' is an insertion indicator.
'entrance to' indicates taking the first letters.
The initial letter of 'london' is 'l'.
'palm'+'all'='palmall'
'palmall' enclosing 'l' is 'PALL-MALL'.

(Other definitions for pall mall that I've seen before include "Monopoly board includes this", "Capital street", "thoroughfare", "Game once played", "London street with many private clubs".)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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