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.
Recent Examples on the Web To be a baker, Lidgus explains, is to be half control freak, half submissive to fate; to embrace a life of eternal adjustments. New York Times, "The Growers, Bakers and Beekeepers Embracing the Terroir of American Cities," 26 Mar. 2021 In Juno's eye's, Winnie Crouch is not so much a loving mother as an overbearing control freak. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Review: There is no shortage of twists and turns in Tarryn Fisher's 'The Wrong Family'," 30 Dec. 2020 And as incredible as that's been, it's simultaneously forced me to reckon with my tendency to sometimes be a total know-it-all and an even bigger control freak. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "How Decorating an Apartment With My Partner Strengthened Our Relationship," 18 Aug. 2020 Pruitt had a reputation for being inspirational, hard-driving, community-connected and a bit of a control freak. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "North Texas Food Bank CEO finds calling in second act fighting pandemic fallout," 21 June 2020 Some are control freaks who want to eat only their own food. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019 Some are control freaks who want to eat only their own food. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 Rachel was a princess, Monica a control freak, Joey a dumb actor. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Friends’ Is Turning 25. Here’s Why We Can’t Stop Watching it.," 5 Sep. 2019 Mike Hubbard is many things – a sneak and a power-monger, a puppet-master, a control freak, an opportunist and greedy, greedy man. John Archibald |,, "Alabama court to decide if ignorance of the powerful is excused," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of control freak

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Control freak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of control freak

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

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