anal-retentive


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a·nal-re·ten·tive

(ā′nəl-rĭ-tĕn′tĭv)
adj.
Indicating personality traits, such as extreme fastidiousness, stinginess, and obstinacy, supposed by psychoanalytic theory to originate during the anal stage in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in retention of feces.
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Chances are they will be: (a) Retired; (b) On maternity leave; or (c) that anal-retentive friend of yours who buys all her gifts in the January sales and has them wrapped by September.
I hear terms like 'wordsmithing' or 'make this pretty' or 'work your magic'--which cast editing as an occult craft undertaken only by the few, the proud, and the anal-retentive.
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This, you might say, is how directors Lord and Miller (who also made 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) manage to live with themselves while making what amounts to a Lego infomercial: the dad's anal-retentive insistence on playing 'properly' is equated with Lord Business' fiendish plan to glue Lego figures down so they can't move, and implicitly equated with Lego's status as a staid corporation -- while the kid's free-form approach to Lego is equated with our hero Emmet's fight for Lego freedom, and implicitly equated with Lord and Miller making something free and zany in the bosom of the corporate beast.
What is not brought to the present is an explanation for his anal-retentive habits.
Even sillier, the anal-retentive Marcus, who wants Joe to get his GED and become independent, gives Joe an ATM card that allows him to withdraw, and usually gamble away, $100 a day.
While a small, controlling, and anal-retentive part of me is excited at the prospect of being able to control, manage, and view the status of every device in my home, office, and vehicle, I fear absolute reliance on devices that only play nice with one another in theory.
Still, my military service, like that of all soldiers, saw its share of aborted operations, anal-retentive colonels, and idiot corporals.
This leads to unexpected run-ins with a frigid inhouse lawyer (Guilaine Londez), anal-retentive financial director (Scali Delpeyrat), devious security chief (Wilfried Romoli) and several other nasty members of the all-powerful conglomerate.
La palabra que Freud tendria para mi seria anal-retentive.
For the truly anal-retentive, remember that your direct heading was to the airport reference point, not the threshold, and you may need to add a degree or two to compensate for runway length.
The celluloid rendered Peretz as an idiosyncratic, anal-retentive editor-in-chief, who, red pen in hand, holds his staff captive to review back issues for incorrect comma usage.