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Feel for (smirk) chicken chunks when talking (10)


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'feel for' is the definition.
('feel for'->'sympathize' is in my internal thesaurus and 'ize'->'ise')

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(Other definitions for sympathise that I've seen before include "Express fellow feeling" , "commiserate" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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