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Withdraw as bear gets depressed (5,4)


I believe the answer is:

stand down

'withdraw' is the definition.

'bear gets depressed' is the wordplay.
'bear' becomes 'stand' (synonyms).
'gets' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'depressed' becomes 'down' (synonyms).
'stand'+'down'='STAND DOWN'

'as' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for stand down that I've seen before include "Withdraw from post or competition" , "not to be a candidate" , "Withdraw as from competition, be seated" , "Withdraw voluntarily, from job or competition" , "Leave the witness box" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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