Definition of micromanage in English:



  • Control every part, however small, of (an enterprise or activity)

    • ‘He would be a fool to micromanage a military campaign - a seemingly obvious fact.’
    • ‘If you have a proper growing site that has good drainage, access to full sunlight and nutrient-poor soil, you can micromanage their development and pick them at the moment of perfection.’
    • ‘He's micromanaged the enterprise into absolute submission - paralyzing it.’
    • ‘This crony-capitalist chickenhawk ‘war’ is being micromanaged by people whose first goal is enriching their military contractor friends, and whose secondary goal is winning.’
    • ‘But the onset of the Fall marks the beginning of the next U.S. presidential election season, which according to conventional wisdom is not a great time to be micromanaging a painfully tough and complex peace process.’
    • ‘But to think with the Church is, indeed, to think and not merely to look to the teaching office to micromanage every prudential decision.’
    • ‘The most bitter objection that has been leveled at U.S. civilian leaders for the air war against North Vietnam was that they micromanaged the campaign by picking bombing targets themselves.’
    • ‘As many faculty senators saw it, that action was just another example of the board's tendency to micromanage the curriculum.’
    • ‘Do we really want the tabs micromanaging departmental decisions?’
    • ‘A company can manage a service contract, for example, from the issuing of a work order through to completion and the system can micromanage the process.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I'm out there micromanaging every detail of my life.’
    • ‘Most second-home clients have demanding careers that leave little time to micromanage their project, but that's not always the case.’
    • ‘However, while the Centre is moving towards liberalising and loosening controls on industry, it appears to be moving in the opposite direction and tightening controls and micromanaging education.’
    • ‘I just don't think personally that Capitol Hill can daily micromanage a war in a situation like this.’
    • ‘This forced the designers to behave like Soviet central planners, micromanaging every aspect of the marketplace with arcane algorithms of supply and demand.’
    • ‘I think it would have been much harder if I was under a microscope and had somebody looking over my shoulder and bugging me and micromanaging me.’
    • ‘It's Johnson who's directly overseeing the staff massacres as well as micromanaging some of the dumber editorial moves.’
    • ‘I'm not going to sit around some map room and micromanage the war.’
    • ‘We have micromanaged the great people out of our government.’
    • ‘Admittedly it is difficult to draw comfort from so glib and overriding a statement, but a willingness to compromise your vision and not micromanage the project will see you through.’