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I start with a fight, or a chance to relax,
And end with a cut, and am but you what.
In between I am quite average,
But overall you hope I am never required.

What am I?

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A thought is you are a

spare

I start with a fight, or a chance to relax,

start with a fight - spar, or a chance to relax - spa,

And end with a cut, and am but you what.

end with a cut - pare, and am but you what : I am but you are.

In between I am quite average,

par

But overall you hope I am never required.

something you keep as a spare like a tyre.

Title: Answer may be superfluous

it may not be needed.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct - that was fast. Wasn't sure if the bit in the title was going to make it too easy, but needed the characters... $\endgroup$ – Chronocidal Jan 31 '18 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ The title was extra help - and I like clues there. I think found the meaning from the average clue, but your puzzle is a cut above the norm with the density of wordplay. (Also I've asked one with a similar answer!) $\endgroup$ – Tom Jan 31 '18 at 13:37

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