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Is familiar we hear with happy bunch... (7)


I believe the answer is:


Here is my best explanation:

'bunch' is the definition.


'is familiar we hear with happy' is the subsidiary indication.

'is familiar' becomes 'knows'.

'we hear' shows a homophone (sound like).

'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'happy' becomes 'gay' ('gay' can be similar in meaning to 'happy'**).

'knows' sounds like 'nose'.


(Other definitions for nosegay that I've seen before include "Posy of flowers", "Scented bunch of flowers", "Small posy", "Bouquet", "Gone, say (anag)", "Old-fashioned posy", "Small bouquet", "Bunch of scented flowers", "Fragrant bunch of flowers" and "Corsage".)


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