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back-formation

A coined verb that began as a noun, or a coined noun that began as a verb; for example: “liaise” (verb) as a back-formation of “liaison” (noun).
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Jan Kromkamp or Luis Garcia can slot onto the right, although the manager surprised everyone with his formation in the last Premiership away day at Newcastle, when Daniel Agger started in a successful wing back formation.
(For example: I'm enthused about my new job.) The verb enthuse is a back formation of the noun enthusiasm, and while it has gained in legitimacy, it's still seen largely as colloquial.
Superb in tight packed three man centre back formation
Barnsley sent on Conor Hourihane and James Bree with 11 minutes left while Town opted for a three at the back formation when sending on Harry Bunn to play at left wing back for Jason Davidson with eight minutes on the clock.
McClaren switched to a wing back formation last night and no doubt the system will be redeployed against the champions.
But then Houston fumed: "We were 1-0 up away from home and with a three centre back formation. We had to secure the points." The first half was a dismal affair, but the game exploded after the break with the electrifying Sinclair racing down the right and his cross was swept home by Spencer from the edge of the box.
Not much chance with goals O'CONNELL 7 Superb in tight packed three man centre back formation WRIGHT 7 Sound day apart from goal, but United formation was effective CARTER-VICKERS 7 Was aggressive and sharp breaking down atacks early BALDOCK 7 Pushed on as a wing back but did his defensive duties BASHAM Booked 7 A calm strong head amid in the battle and anchored midfield well FLECK Booked 7 Brilliant free-kick to open the scoring in action-packed first half COUTTS 7 Was all action and involved in much of United's intense opening STEVENS 7 Wing-back got up and down and did his job really well BROOKS 7 Stretched the home defence and looks to be a big talent CLARKE 8 Loves to score against Wednesday - that's six in five SUBS: Duffy (Wright 63) 7 Lundstram (Brooks 85)
6 LEE PELTIER Brought back in as part of a three centre back formation but later taken off.