Phrasal Adjectives

A phrasal adjective is a set of two or more words that, as a unit, modifies a noun. Phrasal adjectives are often hyphenated to signal the combination of two words to describe the noun that follows, but occasionally, a phrase is familiar enough that it does not warrant a hyphen, and usually, it is not hyphenated when it follows the noun it modifies. (Occasionally, what is considered a phrasal adjective should actually be a closed compound.)

Hyphenate two or more words as, and if, necessary.