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anally retentive

adjective uk   ( also anal-retentive) informal us  
Someone who is anally retentive is too worried about being organized and tidy: Don't you think Adrian's a bit anally retentive? Look how obsessively orderly everything is in his garage.
Translations of “anally retentive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 整潔成癖的, 過分注重細節的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 整洁成癖的, 过分注重细节的…
(Definition of anally retentive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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