Follow the guidelines below when deciding whether to use a hyphen before the suffixes like, wide, odd, strong, fold and score.
Write the compounds with like as one word, except where this would result in a double l or where the compound is a temporary one coined for a specific purpose or text:
Since usage depends on the degree of familiarity of the compound, no general rule can be stated. Note the following:
Hyphenate compounds made up of a numerical expression plus odd or strong:
Write compounds with fold and score as one word, except when the numerical expression itself already has a hyphen:
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