anal retentive

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jacdac

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There is so much writing about anal retentive that overwhelms me. What would be a concise definition in this extract from Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

'Thanks to a cabal of lit teachers who think you and Saul Bellow hung the moon, you’ve got a captive audience of book-buying undergrads. You’re all set, right? Why take a chance on publishing something that might put a dent in your solid gold reputation? You can hide out here and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist.’ Mr Yellow shook his head. ‘My friend, you give a whole new meaning to anal retentive.’

Thank you.
 
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