put someone's nose out of joint

put someone's nose out of joint

If something puts someone's nose out of joint, it offends or upsets them, because they think that they have not been treated with the respect that they deserve. Ian had his nose put out of joint when a colleague who had been with the company for less time than him was promoted and he wasn't. Note: You can also say that someone's nose is out of joint or that someone has their nose out of joint. A few noses in the firm are out of joint since the arrival of a dynamic young manager. Note: You often use this expression to suggest that the person who is offended thinks that they are more important than they really are.
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put

put someone's nose out of joint

upset or annoy someone. informal
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put
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