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high profile

A presence or stance that is deliberately conspicuous and prominent socially. People only become true celebrities when they maintain a high profile both in their professional and private lives.
See also: high, profile

keep a low profile

To avoid drawing attention, scrutiny, or observation to oneself. A: "I haven't seen you in awhile—how are you?" B: "Oh, I'm fine, just keeping a low profile so I can finish my research by the deadline."
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*low profile

Fig. a persona or character that does not draw attention. (*Typically: assume ~; have ~; keep ~; give oneself ~.) I try to be quiet and keep a low profile. It's hard because I just love attention.
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keep a low profile

Stay out of public notice, avoid attracting attention to oneself. For example, Until his appointment becomes official, Ted is keeping a low profile. This expression alludes to profile in the sense of "a visible contour," a usage dating from the 1600s. [Late 1900s]
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a high profile

COMMON If a person, organization or activity has a high profile, they are well-known and people notice what they do. He will be thinking about his future now that he has such a high profile in the cycling world. It was expected that someone with a high profile would get the job. Note: You can also use high-profile before a noun. Experience in Australia has shown how effective a high-profile campaign can be in changing public attitudes. She works three days a week in a high-profile job as communications director for a top advertising agency.
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keep a low profile

COMMON If someone keeps a low profile, they avoid doing things that will make people notice them. The president continues to keep a low profile on vacation in Maine. The Home Secretary was keeping a low profile yesterday when the crime figures were announced in the House of Commons. Note: You can also say that you keep something low profile if you try to avoid attracting attention to it. They have been dating for a month and have kept everything very low profile. Note: You can also use low-profile before a noun. There is no need for the presence of any police officers. This is a low-profile event.
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keep (or maintain) a low profile

avoid attracting public notice or comment.
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adopt, keep, etc. a ˌhigh/ˌlow ˈprofile

try/try not to attract other people’s interest, attention, etc: If I were you, I’d try and keep a low profile until she’s forgotten about the whole thing.In the run-up to the elections all three candidates maintained a high profile.
See also: high, low, profile

in ˈprofile

(of a face) seen from the side: In profile he’s got a nose like an eagle!
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in. to walk about and show something off; to walk carefully in a way that gets attention. (As if showing one’s profile.) Look at Albert profiling along! What a nerd.
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Statistics comparing traffic stop demographics with population demographics can assure the public that an agency does not practice racial profiling.
Officers who use profiling tactics typically do not "give paper" to individuals they stop who subsequently turn out not to be criminals.
Using this two-pronged data analysis, agencies can address adequately any issues that arise concerning racial profiling.
While the topic of racial profiling often proves uncomfortable for law enforcement, ensuring that appropriate measures are in place reduces some of the anxiety that accompanies the issue.
Besides a well-structured policy and effective training, reliable data can bolster agency prohibition of such practices and arm law enforcement officials with the facts necessary to assure their communities that they do not employ racial profiling.
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Forward-looking statements in this release include the following: that the use of animal health profiling programs is likely to increase and provide substantial economic benefits for cattle management; that OXIS' Animal Health Profiling Program will assist OXIS' clients to better recognize disease in general, which keeps the food supply safer; that early identification of susceptible cattle is essential to decrease losses; that OXIS offers a valuable tool that enhances the safety of the food supply and forward looking statements in OXIS' white paper "Analytical Method to Manage Bovine Respiratory Disease.
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