My instincts tell me that the following phrase should be "2014 and newer off-road equipment." When I Google it, I see all of the these: offroad, off road, and off-road. Is there a correct one? Or should I just go with my instinct?


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    There are many posts on this site relating to the use of the hyphen with compound adjectives/ phrasal adjectives. This is not an exception and the question may face close votes. – Kris Mar 18 '15 at 15:12

Generally, hyphenate multi-word terms (only) when using them as an adjective:

I took my off-road vehicle off road today.

This particular term is most commonly hyphenated:

From Google Ngrams offroad / off road / off-road:

popularity of offroad vs off road vs off-road

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