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What is it :

Colloquially, it is a Diabolic way to win at athletic events.

Take a single one, and it might be shaped like a star.

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    $\begingroup$ Is it doping? Btw, this looks a nice puzzle if rebus, lateral-thinking and riddle are all involved! $\endgroup$ – leoll2 Apr 28 '15 at 15:56
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    $\begingroup$ Note that the prefix "di-" means two, twice, or double. That contrasts nicely with "a single one" and so I believe that's a piece of the word-play. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Apr 28 '15 at 16:19
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    $\begingroup$ Building on Engineer's idea, remove "di" from "Diabolic" and you get "abolic." Anabolic could refer to anabolic steroids. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Apr 28 '15 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ This comment thread was going in the the Right Direction. Mark Bannister has got the answer , though I am not sure if whether he saw these comments or not. Over-All , great inputs from leoll2 , Engineer Toast , Aggie Kidd ! ! ! ! $\endgroup$ – Prem Apr 28 '15 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ I will be adding the exact expected answer to all my puzzles, so that the clues are explained, but if somebody else has got the correct answer, then that will be the "Accepted Answer". $\endgroup$ – Prem May 9 '15 at 16:50
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I believe the answer is

Anabolic steroid(s)

If you have two, they are

Di-abolic steroids

If you have one, it is

A steroid - ie. Asteroid, meaning starlike.

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  • $\begingroup$ Excellent ! ! ! ! $\endgroup$ – Prem Apr 28 '15 at 17:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Prem: Excellent question!! $\endgroup$ – user9278 Apr 28 '15 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ No, I can't believe it, I thought of Anabolic Steroids but I missed the Ana- Di- thing and completely abandoned my idea! Anyway, good job! $\endgroup$ – leoll2 Apr 29 '15 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ Ah! I never considered asteroid. Clever girl. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Apr 29 '15 at 19:27
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Starting the answer :

Diabolic way implies cheating and news reports always mention sports people caught taking anabolic steroids. It is usually, or "Colloquially", reported as simply "steriods".

Completing the answer :

Now take a single steriod, or "a steriod" to get "asteriod", which is shaped like a star !!!!

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