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also fuss-bud·get  (fŭs′bŭj′ĭt)
A person who fusses over trifles. Also called fusspot.
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informal the US equivalent of fusspot
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(ˈfʌsˌbʌdʒ ɪt)

a fussy or needlessly fault-finding person.
[1900–05, Amer.]
fuss′budg`et•y, adj.
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(39) (Ray was a contemporary singer known for crying while singing.) Commenting on the final game of the series, Austen Lake wrote in the Boston American: "The strangest transfiguration of all is the sudden, almost hysterical fondness the right field patrons are showing toward Jim Piersall, the Sox problem child and fussbudget who has been kicking up all kinds of ruckuses this spring.
Lee wasn't a petty fussbudget who hated chewing gum.
However, Norval signs the wrong moniker on the first marriage certificate, and the comic fussbudget justice of the peace (Porter Hall) gets Norval arrested.
If he can satisfy his fussbudget, junk food junkie friend Leo, then he will surely have a winner!
The script by Sue Smith and Kelly Marcel offers ever-so-tidy connections between the modern-day fussbudget and the traumas of little Helen's youth.
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Being the fussbudget I am, I clamped the tang in a milling vise and did this operation on the drill press.
This makes for some delicious heartache as the reader gets to "know" the infuriating but irresistible Wade--an aesthete drug dealer who cuts pizza with scissors and likes to say things like, "Can I borrow 10 bucks?" and religiously dismisses the relevance of fact in the veracity of the model's red pubic hair in Courbet's "The Origin of the World": "You have to remember that Le Realisme wasn't a fussbudget documentarian's fidelity to prosaic reality but a prophet's allegiance to essential truth."
"Larry David plays a neurotic fussbudget named Larry David," the Washington Post said in 2010.
Now I don't want to be a fussbudget so as I write I'm taking a chill pill to try to get some perspective on this whole farrago.
In his day-to-day life, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a classic Victorian fussbudget who, whatever the season, always wore gloves (just like the White Rabbit) and a top hat outdoors.