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Dicky, grounded little man? (8)


I believe the answer is:


'little man?' is the definition.
(an underdog is a weaker or smaller competitor)

'dicky grounded' is the wordplay.
'dicky' indicates an anagram (dicky can mean ill or non-functioning).
'grounded' is an anagram of 'UNDERDOG'.

(Other definitions for underdog that I've seen before include "One at a disadvantage", "One of low status", "Competitor expected to lose", "No drudge (anag.)", "Likely loser".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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