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The 4-4-2 formation.
A 4-4-2 locomotive.


4-4-2 (plural 4-4-2s)

  1. (soccer) A popular soccer formation with 4 defenders, 4 midfielders and 2 strikers.
    • 2012 May 26, Phil McNulty, “Norway 0-1 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England's formation was a rigid 4-4-2 against a Norway side of surprisingly limited ambition and on one of the rare occasions James Milner got in the action he forced a save from Jarstein.
  2. Under the Whyte notation system, a steam locomotive that has a two-axle leading truck, two powered driving axles and a one-axle trailing truck.
    • 1965, Philip Shuster, Eugene L. Huddleston, Alvin F. Staufer, C & O power: steam and diesel locomotives of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, 1900-1965, page 16:
      This group of 30 0-8-0’s came from Baldwin between July and October 1948 and were given road numbers 255 to 284 (C/N 74024 to 74053) pushing aside several 4-4-2’s in the 275-284 bracket in the process.

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