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Oh dear, less effective tool than a pitchfork, by the sound of it? (5-2)


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'oh dear' is the definition.
(both are said in recognition of a problem)

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(Other definitions for heigh-ho that I've seen before include "''... ... it's home from work we go'' (Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs)" , "Weary exclamation" , "Tired expression" , "Expression of resignation or boredom" , "Expression of weariness" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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