control freak


: a person whose behavior indicates a powerful need to control people or circumstances in everyday matters

Examples of control freak in a Sentence

My boss is a real control freak.
Recent Examples on the Web The mom, Rebecca (Lucy Liu), is a first-class control freak, has become involved in some shady financial dealings, and dotes on her teenage son, Tyler (Eddy Maday), in a way that would make Freud’s head explode. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2024 In the way the film is framed — like a lesson to wannabe executioners from a master of his craft/control freak — Fincher almost seems to be encouraging identification with his coolly perfectionist yet amoral antihero. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 But there were also hints back then of Westhead being a grudge-holding control freak, particularly in his treatment of aging former star forward Spencer Haywood. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 6 Aug. 2023 Financial abuse and control freak issues can go both ways. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 15 May 2023 At a time when many of the biggest rock stars were ambivalent or tortured by fame and success, Billy Corgan became something of an arch-villain for being a careerist control freak, lampooned everywhere from Pavement songs to music magazine columns. Al Shipley, SPIN, 5 May 2023 Our mother was a loving control freak who did not have much of a sense of humor. Leo Dominguez, New York Times, 3 May 2023 Both are connected less by genre than by a control freak’s meticulousness and an uncanny sense for what truly haunts us deep, deep in the recesses of our psyche. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2023 Apple has always been a control freak. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of control freak was in 1970

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“Control freak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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