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Tool, visibly sore, covered in soap (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

lathered

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Here is my best explanation:

'covered in soap' is the definition.

'tool visibly sore' is the wordplay.
'tool' becomes 'lathe'.
'visibly sore' becomes 'red'.
'lathe'+'red'='LATHERED'

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for lathered that I've seen before include "flogged", "Created a froth" and "Soaped as for shaving".)

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