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Style question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by housejd, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. housejd

    housejd Member

    "The Fighting Irish came out playing nickel with four down-linemen." Would it be down linemen or down-linemen?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I would say no hyphen. But why not simplify things and say four defensive linemen or a four-man front?
  3. housejd

    housejd Member

    Gotcha. Thanks for the quick reply.
  4. 0-fer

    0-fer Member

    I'd avoid it, too. But I also believe the hyphen is within proper usage in adjective-noun compound modifiers such as "left-handed."
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