Can I combine two hyphenated words into one if the first word of the hyphenation is the same (e.g. "well-known and well-supported code")? If so, which, if any, of the following are correct?

well-known and -supported code


well-known/-supported code

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  • I don't believe I have ever seen either of them. I think if you want well to apply to both you have to repeat it. You can say a well-known and supported code, but I for one would not assume that you were saying it was well-supported, just supported. – WS2 Dec 7 '16 at 21:55
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    We have a related question, Multiple compound adjectives with a common first word, but this question is better and I would rather make it the target for duplication links, rather than that one. But I can't link the other way at the moment because this question really needs an answer, which the other question doesn't provide. This is the better question. – Andrew Leach Dec 7 '16 at 22:01
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    It doesn't answer your question, but I would switch up your adjectives in this case. "Well-known and widely supported code" or "Well-known and generally supported code" are options. – Chellspecker Dec 7 '16 at 22:18
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    I tell people that their CVV is a "three- or four-digit code found on the back or front of your card". So, the answer is yes, you can do that, but also no, because well-known and well-supported are not necessary to hyphenate. As @Chellspecker says, there's really no such thing as "Well-supported" code. – VampDuc Dec 7 '16 at 22:43

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