nose out of joint, to have one's/put someone's(redirected from have nose out of joint)
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have (got) (one's) nose out of joint
To be upset, irritated, or dejected, usually by something someone else did or said. Yeah, she's got her nose out of joint, but I don't think I said anything that offensive. The boss has his nose out of joint about something today, so I wouldn't bother him about anything unless it's absolutely necessary.
put (one's) nose out of joint
To upset or irritate one, usually through actions or words. Well, something put my mother's nose out of joint—what exactly did you say to her?
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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.
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put someone's nose out of jointupset or annoy someone. informal
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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.
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nose out of joint, to have one's/put someone's
To be irritated or jealous, particularly when one is displaced or supplanted by someone else. This term appeared in print as long ago as 1581 and has continued to be used in the same sense ever since. The image is a bit puzzling, since it implies that the nose can be dislocated (it can’t—it has no joint), but that has not deterred its continued use. Shaw used it in at least two plays, Major Barbara and Heartbreak House: “The new bloke has put your nose out of joint.”
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