Time to tune up their AP style knowledge

Mr. Rewrite's summer editing work reinforces another AP style point: One tunes up (v.) a car, provides a tuneup (noun) or is a tuneup (adj.) mechanic.

In no case does AP allow tune-up. But that's how it appears in many, many articles by news organizations claiming to follow AP style. For example:

This appears to be an especially big problem for sports sections, which throw around the term along with countless other cliches.

Perhaps they could use an AP style tuneup.

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