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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Attempting to honor his father's memory, anal retentive control freak Jonathan Steinbloom (Bob Balaban) organizes a tribute concert at New York City Town Hall to reunite the man's key acts for the first time in decades.
When Bishop is captured during his rescue attempt in China, Muir is brought in - on the day he's due to retire - by his overly officious, anal retentive superiors (played to oily perfection by Larry Bryggman and just slightly over-the-top by Stephen Dillane) to provide Bishop's back story.
Only two years left (three, if you're anal retentive and believe the millennium doesn't begin until Jan.