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Expose gamble by one forecasting fall of dictator? (3,4)


I believe the answer is:

lay bare

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'expose gamble by one forecasting fall of dictator?' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'expose gamble by' is the wordplay.
'expose' becomes 'bare' (baring is a kind of exposing).
'gamble' becomes 'lay' (I've seen this before).
'by' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'bare' after 'lay' is 'LAY BARE'.

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(Other definitions for lay bare that I've seen before include "Show clearly, disclose" , "Expose" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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