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In a way, weariest – put another way ... (2,2,4)


I believe the answer is:

as it were

'in a way' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'weariest put another way' is the wordplay.
'put another way' indicates anagramming the letters (letters arranged a different way).
'weariest' with letters rearranged gives 'AS IT WERE'.

(Other definitions for as it were that I've seen before include "Seemingly" , "In sort of" , "you might say" , "In a kind of way" , "In a manner of speaking" .)

I've seen this clue in The Everyman puzzle in The Observer.
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