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high-maintenance

adjective
1.
needing frequent maintenance or repair:
My bike is high-maintenance; this is its third front wheel this month.
2.
Informal. demanding a great deal of attention, money, or effort:
His high-maintenance girlfriend refuses to get engaged without a ring and diamond earrings to match.
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Examples from the web for high maintenance
  • The machines also set off false alarms, and they frequently broke down, leading to sky-high maintenance costs.
  • It is our goal to one day remove our high maintenance water-consuming lawn and replace it with something else.
  • Small dogs are okay, but they are way more high maintenance than large dogs.
  • Bicycle commuting saves you parking fees, fuel costs, and high maintenance costs.
  • Mechanical compressors are expensive and have high maintenance requirements and poor reliability.
  • Quality management of pavement construction is essential to prevent failure of pavements and/or high maintenance costs.
British Dictionary definitions for high maintenance

high-maintenance

adjective
1.
(of a piece of equipment, motor vehicle, etc) requiring regular maintenance to keep it in working order
2.
(informal) (of a person) requiring a high level of care and attention; demanding
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Slang definitions & phrases for high maintenance

high-maintenance

adjective

Requiring much care and effort to maintain: high-maintenance hair/ high-maintenance girlfriend


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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