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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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McClaren switched to a wing back formation last night and no doubt the system will be redeployed against the champions.
In 1964 the Houston offense introduced 12 Veer and the new split back formation that Yeoman had borrowed from Miami the year before.
6 LEE PELTIER Brought back in as part of a three centre back formation but later taken off.
He scrapped his five at the back formation and, at the risk of leaving Davie Weir exposed, reverted to a flat four.
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.
Appleby shuffled their line-up leaving Bradbury up front on his own to retain their four at the back formation.
But then Houston fumed: "We were 1-0 up away from home and with a three centre back formation.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman responded by hooking Maya Yoshida and ditching his three at the back formation.