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    High profile VS low profile

    I saw many examples of the uses of "low profile" and "high profile" as adjectives and nouns are related to the public, newspaper, television, politics, law, etc.

    I wonder if I can use them to describe common things and people:

    -My aunt is a high-profile person. She always boasts to our relatives about her son's salary. (expressing one's pride)
    -Peter took part in a lot of school performances including drama and singing contests. He likes to gain attention from his schoolmates. He is such a high-profile person. (getting attention from others).

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    Re: High profile VS low profile

    In the first sentence, I don't think "high profile" is appropriate. The aunt's boasting about her son's salary does not make her "high profile".

    In the second sentence, I think that Peter could be described as "high profile" (but only at school) because he does things that gain the attention of others.

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    Re: High profile VS low profile

    High-profile and low profile refer to public attention. So the second sentence would be more appropriate. The first refers more to someone's personality.

    Think of high-profile and low-profile as gauges of popularity.

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    Re: High profile VS low profile

    Thank you for replies.

    Regarding the first example, don't you think that telling people about your success instead of being humble is a kind of "high-profile"? It is because you try to let many many people to know something related to you. Surely it is a kind of pretentious personality. But grabbing so many people's attention to your personal pride is also a kind of "high-profile"?

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