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What's tight becomes relaxed (5)


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'becomes relaxed' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'what's tight' is the wordplay.
'tight' indicates anagramming the letters (tight can mean drunk).
'whats' anagrammed gives 'THAWS'.

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(Other definitions for thaws that I've seen before include "friendlier times?" , "As role of Morse was to become" , "Starts to unfreeze" , "(Of snow) melts" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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