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Step up and look to speak (5)


I believe the answer is:


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

'look to speak' is the wordplay.
'look' becomes 'stare' (stare is a kind of look).
'to speak' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
'stare' is a homophone of 'STAIR'.

'and' is the link.

(Other definitions for stair that I've seen before include "Flight unit" , "one's seen in flight" , "Component of flight" , "A step on the way up or down" , "single step in a series" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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