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Complain, asking why regularly (4)


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'complain' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both to do with communicating as well as being verbs in their base form.
Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'asking why regularly' is the wordplay.
'regularly' indicates alternate letters (regularly take one letter, leave next etc.).
The alternating letters of 'askingwhy' are 'SIGH'.

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(Other definitions for sigh that I've seen before include "Sound of despondency" , "Moan softly" , "Sad-sounding exhalation" , "Release a long breath" , "Vocal expression of weariness" .)

I've seen this clue in The Hindu.
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