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Followed by the shade of the envious French;
Followed by fighters, in water or trench.
Before a stroke limit, unruly or weak;
Before a sour citrus, performing at peak.
Its path involves rails, deep under the ground;
Or even machines, playing extra deep sounds.
When allowed, it may rent you a flat or a house;
But when mixed, it's the port for a cable or mouse.
Before a book's name, helps the foreign and deaf;
Alone, it's a shorthand for a deli-bound chef.

What am I?

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It is

a SUB

Followed by the shade of the envious French;

subvert, vert being "green" in French (thanks @M Oehm)

Followed by fighters, in water or trench.

submarines

Before a stroke limit, unruly or weak;

sub-par

Before a sour citrus, performing at peak.

sublime

Its path involves rails, deep under the ground;

subway

Or even machines, playing extra deep sounds.

subwoofer

When allowed, it may rent you a flat or a house;

sublet (or perhaps sublease)

But when mixed, it's the port for a cable or mouse.

sub rearranges to USB

Before a book's name, helps the foreign and deaf;

subtitle

Alone, it's a shorthand for a deli-bound chef.

sub

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  • $\begingroup$ The colour of the envious French is vert (green), although in French, envy may also be associated with yellow. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jun 21 '17 at 5:21
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm Thank you - I was stumbling around in the dark with Google Translate. :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jun 21 '17 at 5:22
  • $\begingroup$ I think it is definitely sublet, because "allow" means "let". $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jun 21 '17 at 18:22
  • $\begingroup$ Amusingly, USB is also an anagram of BUS, which is what the B in USB stands for! $\endgroup$ – Sabre Jun 22 '17 at 18:28

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