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Sounding so ill … (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sick

Here is my best explanation:

'ill' is the definition.

('sick' can be a synonym of 'ill')

'sounding so' is the subsidiary indication.

'sounding' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.

'so' becomes 'sic' ('sic' can be a synonym of 'so').

'sic' sounds like 'sick'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for sick that I've seen before include "vomit", "poorly", "Ill; nauseous", "Not well", "not good", "Unwell", "Ill, unwell", "well? Hardly", "Ailing" and "Infirm".)

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