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Expression wears thin when spoken (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

phrase

Here is my best explanation:

'expression' is the definition.

(phrase is a kind of expression)

'wears thin when spoken' is the subsidiary indication.

'wears thin' becomes 'frays'.

'when spoken' shows a homophone (sound like).

'frays' is a homophone of 'phrase'.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for phrase that I've seen before include "a certain expression", "piece", "partial sentence", "Word (in a particular way)", "Piece of music", "Group of words as unit", "Group of words/notes", "Put into words", "Sequence of words" and "Expression without a verb".)

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