Clue from the West Australian Cryptic Crossword 13/5/2021:

"Don't act like a pro (6)"

Answer: OPPOSE

I can see that "act" gives POSE", but how do you get to "OPPOSE"?

  • $\begingroup$ Apparently this was clue 8-down in the 5 January 2017 crossword of Hindustan Times (Lucknow). Not sure whether the West Australian reused that one or whether two setters came up with the same clue independently (which sometimes happens). $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    May 14, 2021 at 5:14

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I believe this is a cryptic definition. A "pro" usually means "professional", but here one needs to instead interpret it as "someone on the supporting side" (pro vs contra). If you act unlike someone who supports, you oppose.

  • $\begingroup$ If "like a" can mean to move the "Pro" part infornt, it could be OP $\endgroup$ May 14, 2021 at 5:30

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