I saw the following sentence in the page of National Geographic,

"But poor Kasanji and his treasure were already too high profile to slip away unobserved,..."

Can "high profile" really be used as an adjective without a hyphen?
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At the New York Times, they use the hyphen in such situations, thus your question is justified.

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However, I think this is more a matter of style.

If the context allows clarity without hyphens, some writers will avoid them, in order to not "constrict" the text.
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Yes, as an adjective, "high-profile" is hyphenated when it comes before a noun in order to avoid ambiguity.

When it comes after the noun, there is no hyphen, as Richard noted.

As well, when "high" is an adjective and "profile" is the noun it modifies, there is no hyphen.

The Grammar Exchange addressed this very topic in a discussion not long ago:

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