anal retentive

anal retentive
/eɪnəl rəˈtɛntɪv/ (say aynuhl ruh'tentiv)

noun
1. a person with traits such as orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, which are thought to be the result of fixation at the anal stage of development.
adjective Also, anal.
2. (of a person) having these characteristics: an anal retentive personality.
3. (of behaviour, etc.) exhibiting these characteristics: an anal retentive obsession with neatness.
anally retentive, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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