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Worked hard, stone split (7)


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'worked hard' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both to do with social activities as well as being past participle verbs.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'stone split' is the wordplay.
'stone' becomes 'st' (abbreviation).
'split' becomes 'riven' (I've seen this in another clue).

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(Other definitions for striven that I've seen before include "Endeavoured" , "(Has) made great efforts" , "Fought" , "Battled" , "sought" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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