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The front is a nice guy but shorter
Between, an Aussie straw's hindquarter
The tail is tragic when it blows
A bureaucrat's weapon - they're pros!

Hint 1:

All clues involved, including the whole word, are between 2 to 5 letters long.

Hint 2:

The reference to an "Aussie's straw" is a pop culture phenomenon. The "Aussie's straw" is two words, "hindquarter" means use the last word. As for the suffix, well, it's true - just ask a rockstar!

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The front is a nice guy but shorter

ST - abbreviation of Saint

Between, an Aussie straw's hindquarter

TAM - the Tim Tam slam/suck - the practice of drinking a beverage through a Tim Tam.

The tail is tragic when it blows

AMP - amplifier

A bureaucrat's weapon - they're pros!

STAMP - bureaucrats wield stamps!

Title: Approval

I hope this post and the included letters have your stamp of approval.

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! A Tim Tam Slam is a weird thing in Austrialia where they bite off each end of a tim tam and drink something though it like a straw. $\endgroup$ – flashstorm Aug 21 '18 at 14:05
  • $\begingroup$ @flashstorm Your explanation of "tim tam slam" is helpful only to those who (unlike me) know what a tim tam is. Thank goodness for internet search. $\endgroup$ – phoog Aug 21 '18 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ Fair! For those who havn't searched like phoog, a tim tam is two thin malt wafers sandwiching a chocolate mousse and covered in chocolate. $\endgroup$ – flashstorm Aug 21 '18 at 19:05

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