Need a regular expression that matches hyphenated words

Posted on 2009-02-21
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I need a regular expression to find hyphenated words.  The catch is that some words contain multiple (2 or more) hyphens.  

For example: The cow-jumped-over the lazy moon

I need to match "cow-jumped-over"

Must work for any words that contain 2 or more hyphens.

Question by:pudjam666
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windowsboy earned 2000 total points
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I'm not sure whether this is the cleanest way to do it but in perl:
my $string = "The cow-jumped-over-the the lazy moon";
my @hyphen-words = $string =~/((?:\w*-+\w*)+)/g

Expert Comment

ID: 23699592
s/hyphen-words/hyphen_words/ for valid variable name in perl

The same regex should work in javascript with the RegExp object and PHP

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Brilliant - Thank you!

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