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My prefix is hypocrisy,
My infix is before,
My suffix lasts for seven years,
My whole from which you pour.

What am I?
Please explain each line in your answer.

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You are a:

CANTEEN

My prefix is hypocrisy,

CANT is a synonym for 'hypocrisy'.

My infix is before,

ANTE means 'before' (as in 'ante meridiem', the hours before noon).

My suffix lasts for seven years,

Your TEEN years last for seven years, from age 13 until 19.

My whole from which you pour.

A canteen is a type of drinks container.

As for the title:

A canteen can also be a place to eat communally, much like a mess on a ship or in the military...

I also like that:

This riddle could be considered 'a mess' in that there is a lot of overlap between the three clued components, rather than them fitting tidily one after the other nose-to-tail. The title is not only a synonym of the answer but self-descriptive too!

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  • $\begingroup$ The word which you describe, in the sense provided in the title, is a loan word from Chinese. $\endgroup$ – Cloudy7 Nov 19 at 17:59

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