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Worried terrible old brute (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

troubled

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Here is my best explanation:

'worried' is the definition.
('troubled' can be a synonym of 'worried')

'terrible old brute' is the wordplay.
'terrible' indicates an anagram.
'old'+'brute'='oldbrute'
'oldbrute' is an anagram of 'TROUBLED'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for troubled that I've seen before include "Disturbed, bothered", "Anxious", "Distressed, perturbed", "Bothered, disquieted", "Worried", "Inconvenienced", "Showing anxiety", "Disquieted, upset", "Bothered, perturbed" and "Caused distress to".)

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