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Menahem has a little cough (4)


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'menahem has a little cough' is the definition.
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'menahem has a little' is the wordplay.
'a little' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue (a little bit of the clue).
'AHEM' can be found hidden inside 'menahem has'.

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(Other definitions for ahem that I've seen before include "Attention-grabbing expression" , "Interjection" , "Throat clearance to attract attention" , "Noise used to attract attention" , "Gentle utterance to attract attention" .)

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