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Reportedly regretted being discourteous (4)


I believe the answer is:


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

'reportedly regretted' is the wordplay.
'reportedly' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
'regretted' becomes 'rued' ('rue' can be a synonym of 'regret').
'rued' sounds like 'RUDE'.

'being' is the link.

(Other definitions for rude that I've seen before include "Ill-mannered; hearty" , "Primitive; impolite" , "Impolite; unpolished" , "Impolite or vulgar" , "likely to offend" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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