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Railing is in raillery! (8)


I believe the answer is:


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

'is in raillery' is the wordplay.
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'raillery' becomes 'banter' ('banter' can be a synonym of 'raillery').
'is' put inside 'banter' is 'BANISTER'.

(Other definitions for banister that I've seen before include "Upright supporting handrail of stairs" , "Stair rail" , "Rail beside a staircase" , "Staircase railing" , "Support running alongside stairs" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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