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Laughs at what could be desired (7)


I believe the answer is:


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

'could be desired' is the wordplay.
'could be' indicates anagramming the letters.
'desired' with letters rearranged gives 'DERIDES'.

'what' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for derides that I've seen before include "Ridicules" , "Laughs at" , "Mocks, scorns" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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