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Tough lay there quivering (8)


I believe the answer is:


'tough' is the definition.

'lay there quivering' is the wordplay.
'quivering' indicates an anagram (letters shake or quiver into a new order).
'laythere' is an anagram of 'LEATHERY'.

(Other definitions for leathery that I've seen before include "Like a football" , "(Of skin) having a tough and hard texture" , "like old boots?" , "Tough textured" , "Tough like tanned hide" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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