Pattern confusion

What do the dashes mean in these instructions:
*k-(-,-,-)up,up,ssk,knit to marker,sm

When you see something like k 1(2,3,4) the directions are being given for different sizes, which would be worked over a different number of stitches. When there’s a - in the mix k - (2,-,4), it means to skip the direction for that size.

You wouldn’t see it for all of them like that though. Were you just typing as an example or does it really have dashes for all four sizes?

It had a number for larger sizes but was like that for the sizes I was doing.