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Glorify ladies twirling in intricate frills (8)


I believe the answer is:


'glorify' is the definition.
('glorify'->'idealize' is in my internal thesaurus and 'ize'->'ise')

'ladies twirling in intricate frills' is the wordplay.
'twirling' is an anagram indicator.
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'frills' means to remove the middle letters (frills can mean decorative edges).
'intricate' with its centre taken out is 'ie'.
'ladies' with letters rearranged gives 'dealis'.
'dealis' inserted inside 'ie' is 'IDEALISE'.

(Other definitions for idealise that I've seen before include "Consider something or someone perfect" , "Think of as perfect" , "Have unrealistic picture of" , "put on pedestal" , "Regard as perfect" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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