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Genteel manoeuvring ideally to bag king (8)


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'genteel' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'manoeuvring ideally to bag king' is the wordplay.
'manoeuvring' is an anagram indicator.
'to bag' indicates putting letters inside.
'king' becomes 'K' (abbreviation for king in chess).
'ideally' is an anagram of 'ladylie'.
'ladylie' enclosing 'k' is 'LADYLIKE'.

(Other definitions for ladylike that I've seen before include "Appropriate to a well-mannered woman", "Of a woman, refined and genteel", "Appropriate to female decorum", "Refined and fastidious", "Typical of a well-mannered woman".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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