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Story about empty teapot is mere gossip (6)

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I believe the answer is:

tattle

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'mere gossip' is the definition.
'tattle' can be an answer for 'gossip' (I've seen this before). I am unsure of the 'mere' bit.

'story about empty teapot' is the wordplay.
'story' becomes 'tale' (synonyms).
'about' is an insertion indicator.
'empty' says to hollow out the word (remove centre letters).
'teapot' with its centre removed is 'tt'.
'tale' placed around 'tt' is 'TATTLE'.

'is' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for tattle that I've seen before include "Gossip, idle chatter" , "Tell tales" , "Inform on someone" , "Chatter idly" , "'Gossip, idle talk (6)'" .)

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