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blow this joint
To leave a place, especially one that has become dull or of no use or interest, generally in search of something better. Often preceded by "let's." This is boring, let's blow this joint and find something else to do. I graduate in six months, then it's time to blow this joint.
A location where opium is dealt and smoked; an opium den. Though they've become pretty rare, you can still find a few hop joints downtown.
nose out of joint
A phrase said of one who is upset, usually due to another's actions or words. Yeah, she's got her nose out of joint, but I don't think I said anything that offensive.
blow the joint
Sl. to get out of a place, usually in a hurry or without delay. Come on, let's blow the joint before there's trouble. They blew the joint about an hour ago.
case the joint
1. Sl. to look over some place to figure out how to break in, what to steal, etc. (Underworld.) First of all you gotta case the joint to see where things are. You could see he was casing the joint the way he hung around.
2. Sl. to look a place over. The dog came in and cased the joint, sniffing out friends and foes. The old lady entered slowly, casing the joint for someone of her own age, and finally took a seat.
get one's nose out of joint and have one's nose out of joint; put one's nose out of joint
Fig. to resent that one has been slighted, neglected, or insulted. You get your nose out of joint too easily about stuff like that. Now, don't get your nose out of joint. She didn't mean it.
put someone's nose out of joint
Fig. to make someone resentful. What's wrong with Jill? What put her nose out of joint? Don't put your nose out of joint. I didn't mean anything by what I said.
a good and nutritious meal. (Always with quantifier when square is used without meal.) I need three squares a day—at least. The old beggar looks like he could use a square meal.
your nose is out of joint
to feel upset or annoyed because you think you have not been treated well You have to make everybody happy and be sure no one's nose is out of joint if you want people to work long hours on something special.
Usage notes: also used in the plural form noses out of joint: The kids' noses got out of joint because I told them their rooms were disgusting.
put somebody's nose out of joint(informal)
to upset or annoy someone Martin refused to let her chair the meeting which rather put her nose out of joint.
nose out of joint, have one's
Be upset or irritated, especially when displaced by someone. For example, Ever since Sheila got promoted he's had his nose out of joint. Similarly, put one's nose out of joint indicates the cause of the upset, as in The boss's praise of her assistant put Jean's nose out of joint. The earliest form of this idiom, first recorded in 1581, was thrust one's nose out of joint, with put appearing shortly thereafter. Presumably all these expressions allude to the face-distorting grimace made by one who is displeased.
out of joint
1. Dislocated, as in Trying to break his fall, he put his shoulder out of joint. [Late 1300s]
2. See nose out of joint.
3. Out of order, inauspicious or unsatisfactory, as in The entire lineup of our team is out of joint. Shakespeare had this term in Hamlet (1:5): "The time is out of joint." [Early 1400s]
blow the joint
tv. to get out of a place, probably in a hurry. (see also joint.) Come on, let’s blow the joint before there’s trouble.
case the joint
1. tv. to look over some place to figure out how to break in, what to steal, etc. (see also joint.) First of all you gotta case the joint to see where things are.
2. tv. to look a place over. (No criminal intent. From sense 1) The dog came in and cased the joint, sniffing out friends and foes.
n. a business establishment that cheats customers. The clip joint on Fourth Street was busted last night.
creep jointand creep dive
n. an unpleasant place populated by creeps. You shouldn’t go into a creep joint like that alone. What’s a nice girl like you doing in a creep dive like this?
get one’s nose out of joint
tv. to feel slighted by something someone has done; to take offense at something. (see also put someone’s nose out of joint.) You get your nose out of joint too easily about stuff like that.
n. a marijuana cigarette tipped with phencyclidine (PCP). (Drugs.) He said something about smoking a heavy joint just before he passed out.
1. n. a tavern; a speakeasy. (Prohibition.) I wanted to open a joint, but I don’t have the cash.
2. n. a low-class establishment; a dive. Let’s get out of this crummy joint.
3. n. a tobacco cigarette. Why are beggars being choosers about their joints all of a sudden?
4. n. a marijuana cigarette. The joint wasn’t enough to carry him very long.
5. n. a penis. (Usually objectionable.) He covered his joint and ran for the dressing room.
6. n. a jail; a prison. (Underworld.) Lefty just got out of the joint.
7. n. a toilet. I gotta get to the joint fast!
n. a liquor establishment; a speakeasy. (Prohibition.) His grandfather ran a juice joint during prohibition.
put someone’s nose out of joint
tv. to cause someone to feel slighted; to cause someone to take offense. (see also get one’s nose out of joint.) I’m sorry we didn’t invite you. We didn’t mean to put your nose out of joint.
1. mod. old-fashioned; law-abiding; stodgy. Man, you are really square.
2. n. a person who behaves properly. You are a square if I ever saw one.
3. and square joint n. a tobacco cigarette, compared to a marijuana cigarette. I’ll take a reefer. I’ve heard that square joints will give you cancer.
4. tv. to settle or to make something right. Will twenty bucks square the matter?
5. Go to square (meal).
See square meal
out of joint
1. Dislocated, as a bone.
a. Not harmonious; inconsistent.
b. Out of order; inauspicious or unsatisfactory.
c. In bad spirits or humor; out of sorts.