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I would like to search for a word that is preceded by a long hyphen "–" (U+2013 : EN DASH ) such as

–format

but exclude items that have short/normal/minus hyphen "-": (U+002D : HYPHEN-MINUS):

-format

Can this be done with a Google search? Obviously, it is awkward because the minus sign is used to exclude terms, and it also seems that Google search doesn't differentiate between the two. If there is a way to do it with Google, that would be awesome, otherwise, any other search engine would work.

For example, I tried searching for

"–format" 

but this just brings up a search for "format" although it returns fewer results (still billions though !).

I also tried

"–format" -"-format" 

with no luck either.

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  • Have you tried your search with the endash inside quotes, e.g."–format"? – Jeff Zeitlin Aug 6 '18 at 13:15
  • @JeffZeitlin yes,google seems to ignore the hyphen. "–format" just brings up a search for "format" although it returns fewer results (still billions though !). Also tried "–format" -"-format" with no luck either. – Robert Long Aug 6 '18 at 13:31
  • I think that this is going to end up being a duplicate of webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/23/…. There are a couple more recent answers there from 2017 that seem to indicate that some non-alphanumeric characters get picked up, but it usually requires two or more. – jonsca Aug 12 '18 at 2:12

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