From an online article:
"I looked at the biggest selling albums of all time in America."
When I first read this, I mistook "biggest" as a description of size, not as it was intended: as an intensifier meaning most. In cases where your sentence could be misread, I recommend using a hyphen to avoid ambiguity:
"I looked at the biggest-selling albums of all time in America."
Another example that could be misleading if you don't use a hyphen:
The man eating lion returned home.
Does this mean that a man who was eating lion went home? Probably not. If you write "man-eating" then you remove all doubt.
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