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Poor Alex, he'd expelled air (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

exhaled

'expelled air' is the definition.
('exhale' can be a synonym of 'expel air')

'poor alex he'd' is the wordplay.
'poor' is an anagram indicator.
'alex'+'hed'='alexhed'
'alexhed' is an anagram of 'EXHALED'.

(Other definitions for exhaled that I've seen before include "blown out" , "Sent out" , "Gave off" , "Breathed out" .)

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