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high-maintenance

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Adjective

high-maintenance (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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high-maintenance

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  1. Describes a system which requires a high degree of maintenance to ensure proper functioning and without which it is likely to break down.
  2. (figuratively) A person who requires a lot of attention.
    He has this incredibly high-maintenance girlfriend; if he doesn't tell her that he loves her every five minutes, she tends to break down into hysterical depressive weepy fits.

Usage notes

  • According to the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, "high-maintenance" was popularized by When Harry Met Sally..., an American film released in 1989.

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