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Trial or trade (6)


I believe the answer is:


'trial' is the definition.
(I know that ordeal is a type of trial)

'or trade' is the wordplay.
'trade' becomes 'deal' (synonyms).

(Other definitions for ordeal that I've seen before include "Severe or trying experience" , "Unpleasant and prolonged experience" , "Loader (anag.)" , "A difficult and harrowing experience" , "Long, unpleasant experience" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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