put somebody's nose out of joint
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 somebody’s ˈnose out of joint(informal) upset or annoy somebody, especially by not giving them enough attention: The new teacher speaks much better German than he does. That’s going to put his nose out of joint.
If a bone is out of joint, it is pushed out of its correct position.
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