control freak


Definition of 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.

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Like many characters on those shows, the Roys are narcissists, oddballs, control freaks and all-around jerks. Judy Berman, Time, "Succession Is a Bleak But Satisfying Portrait of Modern Wealth," 7 June 2018 Brian Patterson: Dorothy Maraglino was obviously the control freak in the house. CBS News, "The search for a missing military wife takes NCIS agents into a dark world," 5 June 2018 Self-destruction is a control freak's way of monopolizing their own fortune. Sean O'neal, GQ, "The Tortured Mind Of Dan Harmon," 30 May 2018 Kubrick has been mythologized as the ultimate control freak, and the obsessiveness of his concentration is self-evident, but Mr. Benson emphasizes his capacity to improvise, to respond creatively to other people’s hints, and to make large gambles. Geoffrey O’brien, WSJ, "‘Space Odyssey’ and ‘Stanley Kubrick’ Review: Like Nothing Else on Earth," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s still argument over whether Kubrick is one of our greatest directors or a cold, technologically obsessed fatalist and a control freak running meticulous systems destined to abort. David Thomson, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Space Odyssey,’ by Michael Benson," 4 Apr. 2018 By nature, many of these men are control freaks, often having to restrain themselves from coaching every bounce of the basketball. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Final Four: Villanova plays beautiful basketball, but it's not as easy as it looks," 1 Apr. 2018 The sight of these woolly darlings trying to gobble as much grass as possible while moving instinctively away from whichever control freak canine happened to be badgering them was curiously enthralling. Charles Mcnulty,, "In 'Doggie Hamlet,' a cast of canines, sheep and, yes, humans — ay, there's the rub," 5 Feb. 2018 Her father, a wealthy hedge-fund manager, is a control freak - forbidding her to date, limiting her college choices, screaming on the sidelines of the athletic field. Susan Glaser,, "New in young-adult fiction: authors tackle gun violence, sexual assault, domestic abuse," 25 Jan. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of control freak

: a person who has a strong need to control people or how things are done

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