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Should the following sentences be hyphenated?

I mock cried into his shoulder.

vs.

I mock-cried into his shoulder.


He smiled at me with his old man charm.

vs.

He smiled at me with his old man-charm.

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  • I've never seen the verb to mock[-]cry before, but searching for she mock cried in Google Books returns exactly two write instances. One has a hyphen, the other doesn't. I'd suggest you do include the hyphen, but obviously it's just a stylistic choice, and no-one will think anything of it whichever way you go. May 21, 2021 at 14:46
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    'I cried crocodile tears into his shoulder.' May 21, 2021 at 16:22

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