needing frequent maintenance or repair: My bike is high-maintenance; this is its third front wheel this month.
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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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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Main Entry:  high-maintenance
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  requiring a great deal of attention and excessive effort to maintain
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high-maintenance definition

  1. mod.
    [of a person] requiring much care and coddling. : He's sort of a high-maintenance guy. He requires lots of reassurance.
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