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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, questions lingered over or not whether Grohl was simply a control freak who’d never let anyone else drum on his albums. Al Shipley, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2022 Oh brings her quick-witted delivery to the key adult role of Ming, leaning into the control freak but tempering the character’s brittle edges with genuine love and concern for her only child Mei’s wellbeing. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2022 The lawsuit portrays Salazar as an angry control freak who was obsessed with Cain’s weight and publicly humiliated her about it. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021 In this age of the Internet, coaches often fit the cartoon sketch of an emotionless control freak focused only on the next drill in practice, or the six inches in front of their face. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Dec. 2021 King Richard isn’t saying that Richard is less of a helicoptering control freak. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2021 Like his theatrical clients, Mr. Zarem could deftly switch roles: from the choleric control freak grappling with the last-minute glitches in staging an event to the chivalrous host greeting every guest like a best friend. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2021 The lawsuit portrays Salazar as an angry control freak who was obsessed with Cain's weight and publicly humiliated her about it. CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021 The lawsuit portrays Salazar as an angry control freak who was obsessed with Cain’s weight and didn’t hesitate to publicly humiliate her about it. oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of control freak

1970, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

9 Apr 2022

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“Control freak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/control%20freak. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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