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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?
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put
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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.
See also: and, get, have, joint, nose, of, out, put

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.
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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put someone's nose out of joint

upset or annoy someone. informal
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put
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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.
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put
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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.
See also: joint, nose, of, out, put
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.”
See also: have, nose, of, out, put, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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