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Worker gets peasant etc beaten up — not much of a fight (8,2,3,5)


I believe the answer is:

handbags at ten paces

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'worker gets peasant etc beaten up not much of a fight' is the definition.
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'worker gets peasant etc beaten up' is the wordplay.
'worker' becomes 'handbags' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).
'gets' means one lot of letters goes inside another (gets can mean captures or absorbs).
'beaten up' is an anagram indicator.
'peasantetc' is an anagram of 'sattenpace'.
'handbags' placed around 'sattenpace' is 'HANDBAGS AT TEN PACES'.

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