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English

Noun

nose out of joint (plural noses out of joint)

  1. (idiomatic) An emotional state where someone in in a bad mood because he has been offended or taken exception by some action.
    I think he got his nose out of joint when they promoted his friend but not him.

Usage notes

When used with the verb be, the verb will often be placed after nose.

Marcy's nose will be out of joint once she finds out that Kenny invited Ophelia to the prom instead of her.

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