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What makes a man succeed, a host a captive, and a mess into something meaningful?

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I guess that would be

age.

As in

manage ~ succeed, hostage ~ captive, message ~ something meaningful

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    $\begingroup$ This answer could also tie up Mr. Bond, and make his garb all stinky, but of course 007 would eventually be able prevent the answer from causing any harm to the dam. $\endgroup$ – Bass Apr 19 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ It can also make bad movie sequels out of ice and track down your family with nothing but a line. $\endgroup$ – HTM Apr 19 at 21:57
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The answer is:

Famine
Or tooth loss
Or sexual orientation.

Because

Succeed as the pun "suck seed" and a few takes on what could be the cause.

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