Crossword Genius

Acknowledge hospital is having trouble (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

hail

Here is my best explanation:

'acknowledge' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'hospital is having trouble' is the subsidiary indication.

'hospital' becomes 'h'.

'is having' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'trouble' becomes 'ail' ('ail' can be a synonym of 'trouble'**).

'h'+'ail'='hail'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for hail that I've seen before include "Frozen rain or Roman greeting", "come down hard", "fall", "Stones falling", "Call, a taxi say", "Falling ice pellets", "word", "Ice pellets - greeting", "Word of greeting" and "volley".)

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