anal retentive

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anal retentive

Psychiatry
adjective Referring to a person with an “anal personality”, who, according to classic Freudian psychoanalysis, has traits that arose in the anal phase of psychosexual development, in which defecation constituted the primary source of pleasure and retention of faeces is viewed as a manifestation of defiance to a parent figure.
 
Vox populi
adjective A popular term referring to an anal-retentive person, who is obstinate, rigid, meticulous, compulsive and overly conscientious.
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He drowns his sorrows with best pal Cooper (Jacob Pitts) and the twins, tomboy Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and anally retentive Jamie (Travis Wester).
When legendary music producer Irving Steinbloom dies, his anally retentive son Jonathan (Bob Balaban) decides to organise a live televised tribute concert featuring dad's most famous acts.
Highlight of the proceedings would be the pathetic fumblings of an anally retentive racing journalist forced to attempt the chatting up of a right pair of old brasses (as they are sometimes known in these parts) armed only with his customary conversational tools, i.
And Stiller - who is indelibly associated with straight-for-the- funnybone roles - excels as the anally retentive widower, who dresses his two curly- topped kids in matching red tracksuits.
Three judges, the uptight Keith (so anally retentive he carries his own toilet seat), the sexually voracious Elspeth (family law has put her off commitment and turned her on to flirting) and wise old tomcat Fred, have come to a northern town to dispense justice.
The capital crew, playing the type of all-out attacking football that makes former Newcastle managers Kevin Keegan and Ossie Ardiles look anally retentive in their attitudes, were joint-top league scorers last season.
Because everyone, with the exception of a few highly cautious, wise but undoubtedly anally retentive people, will head pell-mell into the oblivion of producing babies regardless of these literary wimperings.
Oh and Batman, of course, when he's not being anally retentive.