anal-retentive love

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Indicating personality traits, such as extreme fastidiousness, stinginess, and obstinacy, supposed by psychoanalytic theory to originate during the anal stage in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in retention of feces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Preoccupied with achieving order and control and with collecting, possessing, and retaining objects.
  • adjective by extension Overly obsessive concerning small details.

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