Definition of low profile in US English:

low profile


  • A position of avoiding or not attracting much attention or publicity.

    ‘he's not the sort of politician to keep a low profile’
    • ‘He and fellow gay activists keep a low profile - though nobody would describe them as being out of sight.’
    • ‘Since the birth of her son on April 4 at the private Portland Hospital, she has kept a low profile.’
    • ‘Despite appeals by his hosts to keep a low profile, he lived well.’
    • ‘But he has maintained a low profile since the conviction was quashed and now simply wants to get on with life.’
    • ‘Uncharacteristically Colin kept a very low profile during his short stay in Dublin this week.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it would be great for anybody keen to maintain a low profile.’
    • ‘Keeping a low profile even when highly successful seems to be a traditional idea among Chinese people.’
    • ‘One area where Scotland is doing well, despite a low profile, is in high-end interior fabrics.’
    • ‘He added that the U.S. military kept a low profile in the city and interacted very little with the embassy.’
    • ‘Being naturally nocturnal and excellent at hiding, they're all able to keep a low profile.’
    • ‘That has meant a relatively low profile for its Moderators, who, in any event, do not represent the church as a whole.’
    • ‘Security has been stepped up at airports while Britons abroad have been warned to keep a low profile and keep an eye on news developments.’
    • ‘She's been a terrific Senator and she's been very smart in keeping in a sense a low profile.’
    • ‘In Florence, the police maintained a low profile and the event remained peaceful.’
    • ‘No wonder the Glasgow-born poet has maintained a low profile during the 18 months since.’
    • ‘Helsinki's habit of keeping a low profile means that its attractions have also stayed out of the limelight.’
    • ‘Our contacts warned us to keep a low profile and avoid foreign militants.’
    • ‘‘I kept a low profile and tried to do my best and being here is a kind of reward,’ is how he puts it.’
    • ‘The group has always maintained a low profile and did not really have a great need to be visible as a group entity in India.’
    • ‘However, this organisation maintained a low profile throughout the year 2000.’
    lie low, keep quiet, keep out of the public eye, avoid publicity, keep oneself to oneself, keep out of sight
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  • 1Avoiding attention or publicity.

    ‘a low-profile campaign’
    • ‘Don't let the low-profile marketing campaign fool you: this is a very good film, and it heralds an emerging directorial talent.’
    • ‘But in truth, I managed to stay safe by slipping below the radar screen, so to speak, blending in with the Iraqi people, sometimes disguising myself, keeping as low-profile as presence as possible.’
    • ‘He and his mother have been running a bizarre low-profile campaign.’
    • ‘According to her, possible security threats against Australians could have been dampened if Canberra had taken a low-profile stance with regard to the U.S.-led campaign against global terrorism.’
    • ‘In spite of China's opposition to the use of force to disarm Iraq, the country has taken a low-profile approach on the Iraq issue and has tried to avoid conflict with the US.’
    • ‘We are a small village; people here are low-profile and kindhearted.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the higher-profile public speeches in the Fleet Center have continued to sound skeptical themes, while the free-trade message has been delivered to elite audiences at low-profile events.’
    • ‘He is by nature much more low-profile.’
    • ‘But now a low-profile project in South Lanarkshire which puts its ‘recruits’ through a rigorous, soul - searching regime said to be tougher than any prison has been praised for its work with young offenders.’
    • ‘A low-profile move in the House of Lords to amend the Political Parties and Elections Bill would lift the little known historical bar on certain members of the clergy taking seats in the House of Commons.’
    • ‘We are very low-profile people - in any community, anywhere we blend.’
    • ‘We may send in some, but one of the principles on which we've conducted the campaign up until now has been to try to keep the American presence as low-profile as possible.’
    • ‘After seven months as a mostly low-profile attorney general, he re-emerged as a pugnacious, crusading politician, fully in keeping with his past as one of the Senate's most passionately conservative members.’
    • ‘I prefer what I like to call ‘stealth camping’ - wander a mile or two beyond the crowded campground, establish a low-profile campsite, and sleep under a tarp.’
    • ‘There are a lot of self-help groups out there that are very low-profile.’
    • ‘They have stayed stubbornly low-profile despite their high-flying husbands.’
    • ‘In terms of leading a political life, she's doing the absolute best thing for herself by keeping on as a surprisingly low-profile junior senator.’
    self-effacing, retiring, unassuming, modest, demure, quiet, meek, humble
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  • 2(of an object) lower or slimmer than is usual for objects of its type.

    • ‘Lathe-turned PVC drums rotate quietly on big cartridge bearings, the wheelbase is adjustable to fit most bikes and the low-profile unit can be easily stored under a bed or standing in a closet.’
    • ‘They solve this problem with fasteners, tacky, low-profile, rubber grips with mini Allen bolts on either end.’
    • ‘Moreover, the prominence of unmanned turrets and overhead mountings will put it at a tactical disadvantage, and crewmen will wish to have a low-profile vehicle, which would be easily concealable.’
    • ‘The power adapter is integrated into the case, so it is not the thinnest case I have ever seen, yet the monitor leaves an impression of being very compact, not the least due to the neat low-profile rectangular-shaped base.’
    • ‘Fanner's use of low-profile, quieter fans suggests they share my concerns about cooler noise.’
    • ‘Spinning gear can be nearly as effective - equally so, if you ask a spin fan - but I, like most locals, prefer the feel of a low-profile reel sitting atop an arrow-sleek rod.’
    • ‘This is the undisputed king of port scanners: it's fast, low-profile, free and feature-rich.’
    • ‘Despite being larger, the car's body is stiffer, built for strength, with front suspension and steering system mounted on a rigid front subframe, and a newly designed low-profile rear suspension.’
    • ‘Also, laptop processors are physically different from standard processors because they must be small and low-profile, although smaller chips require less voltage so they don't generate as much heat.’
    • ‘He says development of low-profile projector lamps will also help on saving precious space and mass.’
    • ‘This six-panel, low-profile fitted cap is made of ultra-light brushed cotton.’
    • ‘A tapered, low-profile toe box will excel when it comes to jamming your shoe into smaller cracks and pockets, however this often leads to discomfort on longer climbs as the toes are forced into an awkward position.’
    • ‘She mounts and mats the prints at an equal distance on each edge, labels them by category on the lower border of each mat, and incorporates low-profile laminate frames that are as uniform as the window mats themselves.’
    • ‘The entire arsenal is powered by a pair of low-profile outboard engines.’
    • ‘Higher-capacity, low-profile drives will soon be arriving.’
    unobtrusive, unnoticeable, unremarkable, unspectacular, unostentatious, unimposing, undistinguished, unexceptional, modest, unassuming, discreet, hidden, concealed
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    1. 2.1 (of a motor vehicle tire) of smaller diameter and greater width than usual, for high-performance use.
      • ‘Sold as commodities and installed in the darkest underbody reaches, brakes traditionally played last fiddle to stylish alloy wheels, low-profile radials and electronic shock absorbers.’
      • ‘The Askham Lane speed humps were, and still are, always in need of repair and, as the outer sloping walls of the humps become pitted and damaged, they can cut away the inside wall of tyres, especially low-profile tyres.’
      • ‘It rides on 21-inch, low-profile performance tyres fitted to aluminium wheels cast with five bold, Y-tipped spokes.’
      • ‘To really get the most out of one of these, give the engine a free-flow inlet and exhaust system, go one inch larger and wider in the wheels and return to the same rolling diameter with some wide low-profile rubber, and you have a rocketship!’
      • ‘So the springs and dampers are made firmer, the body sits 1.2in lower and the wheels become hefty 18 in items, with wide, low-profile tyres.’
      • ‘The car rides on low-profile tyres fitted to 17-inch alloy wheels, while essential braking performance is aided by larger-diameter brake discs, front and back.’
      • ‘Even when running on the standard low-profile 20-inch high-speed tyres (with normal pressure reduced by half), the Turbo S is capable of very impressive acts of off-road tomfoolery.’
      • ‘Sportiness is achieved, and it even has a reasonable ride despite 17 in wheels and very low-profile tyres.’
      • ‘A real muscle-rippler, the feisty SRi gives the Corsa's wide, squat stance a street-hugging look, with 15-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels and low-profile tyres.’
      • ‘Shoe-horn a 3.2 litre V6 into one of motoring's sexiest bodies, add a slick six-speed gear box to transmit the power to the very fat, low-profile Bridgestone tyres and voila.’
      • ‘Volvo's head office disagrees and says it is just a feature of driving on low-profile tyres.’
      • ‘A 0-62 mph time of 8.6sec might not sound ferocious but it feels a whole load of fun, although the sports suspension and low-profile tyres will have your fillings rattling on all but the smoothest roads.’
      • ‘The test car, in Evolution trim, was fitted with wide, low-profile tyres but in this case, well-tuned suspension alleviated the usual harsh ride and the Michelin Pilot tyres gave very high levels of grip.’