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Anal retentive


Picky. Overly fastidious person. A  psychiatric term used by non-medical people to imply an obsessive-compulsive person who is overly fastidious. Such a person is referred to as anal. (Compare to Neat-nik).

 “I don’t like going to her house, she is so anal, you can not relax and put your feet up on the table without her complaining.”


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