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Garment that’s almost neckwear (7)


I believe the answer is:


'garment' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'almost neckwear' is the wordplay.
'almost' becomes 'nigh' ('nigh' can be a synonym of 'almost').
'neckwear' becomes 'tie' (tie is a kind of neckwear).

'that's' is the link.

(Other definitions for nightie that I've seen before include "Lingerie item" , "What retiring lady assumes" , "Bedtime attire" , "covering for retired person" , "Late shift perhaps" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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