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a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region

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Patients who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder--and especially adolescents--often respond to use of paradoxical humor: "I agree teachers who require you to actually turn in homework are, of course, anal-retentive fascists
H BEN STILLER is being lined up to play an anal-retentive risk analyst in a new romantic comedy.
To which Directed by Allen Smithee serves as a useful antidote, a mild but effective laxative loosening up blocked meanings stuck inside an anal-retentive discourse.
No prizes for guessing that mild-mannered EastEnder Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt, is anal-retentive.
statistical significance" and "projectable data" as the cries of some anal-retentive academics who figure if the didn't conduct the research themselves it must not be right.
Even an obsessively anal-retentive accountant wouldn't equate those two descriptions with the same artifact.
The keepers of those records are the most anal-retentive people on earth," exclaims Kammer of the Arizona Republic.
Ferrell ("The Campaign") stars as the voice of Emmet's primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Neeson ("Taken" and "Taken 2," Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List") stars as the voice of the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
The anal-retentive NFL (is it truly becoming the No Fun League?
Such was the dire effect of Williams' anal-retentive regime on Scottish play, they might as well have had Barbra Streisand in charge.
Dan's magazine is taken over by a multinational conglomerate and Dan is consigned to being a ``wingman'' for 26-year-old Carter Duryea, an over-caffeinated, anal-retentive go-getter who knows nothing about ad sales.
Peter Hain has done the right thing because what he's done psychologically is not to reinforce Bercow's anal-retentive behaviour.
The anti-hero of Two Thousand and None is Benjamin Kasparian (John Turturro in a casting coup), a self-absorbed, anal-retentive academic who can't understand why his wife Amanda (played by Turturro's real-life spouse Katherine Borowitz) gets upset about their divorce.
The academic in him (he describes it as his anal-retentive side) amasses food information, whether it's details from the life of a Greek gourmet from 500BC or the origins of the word bagel.
implies, and what my bookshelves are still clamoring for, is two separate tomes: a personal rumination by James on a life informed by film in the mode of Geoffrey O'Brien's The Phantom Empire, and an exhaustive, anal-retentive reference book on the blaxploitation cycle in the mode of Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward's Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style.