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A ruse to inspire, if unhealthily? (6)


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'a ruse' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for wheeze that I've seen before include "Chest whistle - spiffing plan" , "Struggle for breath - cunning plan" , "Breath with difficulty" , "Idea - breathe badly" , "make whistles?" .)

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