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 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 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,, "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

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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