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Synonyms for anal retentive

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

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Thanks to her, Anthony went from being an anal-retentive arse who wouldn't step on the immaculate grass quadrant to someone prepared to jump around on a bouncy castle.
She argues in her wonderful canvass of revels, DANCING IN THE STREETS: A HISTORY OF COLLECTIVE JOY (Metropolitan, $26), that what has always really bothered anal-retentive white men of the Eurocentric persuasion about "primitive"/"peasant"/"savage"/"oriental"/"cannibalistic" enthusiasm--for instance, Aboriginal corroborees, Jamaican plantation myal dances, Polynesian frenzies unto trance, ecstatic Moroccan drumming of the Hamadsha brotherhoods, the Hogbetsotso festival of the Anlo-Ewe,
An undercover anal-retentive about order and cleanliness, Dustin kept us on track when it came to the book and what we needed to do.
Big Day'' examines the efforts of sweetly high-strung Alice (Marla Sokoloff) and goofy neo-slacker Danny (Josh Cooke) to survive their wedding day, which has been precision-planned to within an inch of its life by Alice's anal-retentive mother, Jane (Wendy Malick, using every weapon in her comic repertoire).
Anal-retentive efficiency experts might not want to team up with characters who'd just as soon cross their bridges only after smacking up against them.
Basically a femme Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it stars the Olsens as prissy anal-retentive Jane (Ashley) and slacker shirker Roxy (Mary-Kate), bickering total opposite siblings forced to help each out when the former has a stolen microchip dumped in her purse while en route to deliver a speech that could earn her a scholarship and the latter plans to crash a music video shoot so she can hand her band's demos to the record label scouts.
And turn a slightly anal-retentive site into an interesting one.
Add a "Miss" to Thing One and Thing Two--plus some anal-retentive drollery from Hayes as the voice of the goldfish--and you've got what looks like a perfect kids' movie for children and their funny uncles to enjoy together.
If keeping track of every play in a game seems a little anal-retentive, just remember that you might be the only one in your section keeping a card-which might make you popular enough to score a free hot dog or two.
But McGrath, shining as the anal-retentive Anita, gives a standout performance.
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.
Leonard's encompassing review includes the funny and instructive story of King buying a table at the National Book Awards for himself and John Grisham (among others), who will never be invited or granted such a prize by what Leonard, borrowing a fine word from King, calls "those shit-weasels, the anal-retentive literary establishment.
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.