control freak

noun

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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While push notifications and smartphone overuse can lead to a general internet fatigue, Flo had given me the thrill of indulging and validating my control freak tendencies. Julie Bogen, The Verge, "How period tracking apps helped me regain control after going off the pill," 23 Sep. 2018 There's a lot of ideas on the table and most of them are scaring the bejesus out of college head football coaches, who are the biggest control freaks on the planet. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Former Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom joins Senior Bowl staff," 30 May 2018 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

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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control freak

noun

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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