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Tea and a smile in distress (7)


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'distress' is the definition.

'tea and a smile' is the wordplay.
'tea' becomes 'cha' (cha is a type of tea).
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'a smile' becomes 'grin' ('grin' can be a synonym of 'smile').

'in' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for chagrin that I've seen before include "Embarrassment - rich nag (anag)" , "Strong feeling of embarrassment" , "Humiliation, mortification" , "Annoy" , "Shame at one's failure" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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