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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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6 LEE PELTIER Brought back in as part of a three centre back formation but later taken off.
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.
In 1964 the Houston offense introduced 12 Veer and the new split back formation that Yeoman had borrowed from Miami the year before.