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He won't strike a sore cover (4)


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

'he won't strike a sore' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'he' could be 'ab' and 'ab' is found in the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for scab that I've seen before include "Blackleg (colloq.)" , "Rat" , "Someone who works during a strike" , "cause of itch?" , "Crust of congealed blood" .)

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