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Speak softly and be heart-broken (7)


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'speak softly' is the definition.
'breathe' can be an answer for 'speak' (thesaurus). I am not sure about the 'softly' bit.

'be heart-broken' is the wordplay.
'broken' indicates anagramming the letters.
'beheart' anagrammed gives 'BREATHE'.

'and' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for breathe that I've seen before include "Absorb air" , "Respire - inspire - expire" , "Inhale/exhale" , "eg Inhale" , "Whisper" .)

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