Crossword Genius

Trump crude, reportedly? (4)


I believe the answer is:


'trump' is the definition.

'crude reportedly?' is the wordplay.
'crude' becomes 'rough' (similar in meaning).
'reportedly?' shows a homophone (sound like) (I've seen 'reportedly' mean this).
'rough' is a homophone of 'RUFF'.

(Other definitions for ruff that I've seen before include "Frilly collar" , "Circular pleated collar - trump" , "Starched frill collar" , "Eurasian sandpiper -- Australian fish" , "Starched, frilled collar" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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