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Two words are homophones
Both you shall uncover
Same in length; close in meaning
You need one to take the other

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Perhaps the two words are

brake and break.

Two words are homophones
Both you shall uncover

Brake and break are homophones. Not sure if the second line has some significance I’m overlooking though.

Same in length; close in meaning

Brake and break both have 5 letters. Both words refer to stoppages: brakes on a car will cause it to slow down and stop, and a break can stop someone from doing their work.

You need one to take the other

You might need to put on the brakes in order to take a break.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! The second line is part of the question, not the clues $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Jan 31, 2020 at 7:45
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Two words are homophones

Compliment and complement

Both you shall uncover

Both had the same origin: have their roots in the Latin word complēre, meaning "to complete."

Same in length; close in meaning

Both have 10 characters. And refer to praise the other party.

You need one to take the other

You compliment someone for their attire complement something.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer! You were just a little off in the last clue. $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Jan 31, 2020 at 7:44
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Two words are homophones

muscle and mussel

Both you shall uncover

opening the bivalve's shell and working out to reveal a six-pack are both acts of "uncovering"

Same in length; close in meaning

6 letters and both derived from "little mouse"

You need one to take the other

some muscle is required to get to the mussel inside

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  • $\begingroup$ Great answer! That is, if it weren't for the third line. Close in meaning is a little different from close in origin :) $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Jan 31, 2020 at 7:47
  • $\begingroup$ snap! back to the drawing board for me then! :D $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Jan 31, 2020 at 8:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ÉbeIsaac but the edible part of a mussel is primarily muscle. $\endgroup$
    – phoog
    Jan 31, 2020 at 19:00

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