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Patient having died put in a box (5)


I believe the answer is:


'put in a box' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'patient having died' is the wordplay.
'patient' becomes 'case' (synonyms).
'having' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'died' becomes 'd' (abbreviation next to the year of someone's death).

(Other definitions for cased that I've seen before include "Reconnoitred (sl.)" , "examined with intention to rob" , "Covered, protected; checked over (by robber)" , "put in a box" , "Carefully inspected (for crime)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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