Crossword Genius

Follow the first to complain (5)


I believe the answer is:


'follow' is the definition.
(trail can mean to follow in secret)

'first to complain' is the wordplay.
'first to' becomes 't' (1st letter of 'to').
'complain' becomes 'rail' (railing is a kind of complaining).

'the' is the link.

(Other definitions for trail that I've seen before include "Need to catch up with" , "Beaten path; lag" , "Pursue" , "Forest path" , "Straggle" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
Want a hint initially instead of a full solution? Install my app