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Mrs Sprat does talk (4,3,3)


I believe the answer is:

chew the fat

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'talk' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for chew the fat that I've seen before include "Jack Sprat wouldn't" , "Argue incessantly" , "Chat casually" , "as Mrs Sprat was wont to?" , "Mistress Sprat liked to?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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