nose out of joint

Definition of nose out of joint

informal
used to say someone is angry or annoyed
  • We had to wait a while, but that wasn't any reason for him to get his nose out of joint.

Word by Word Definitions

nose play
  1. : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity

  2. : the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle : snout, proboscis

  3. : the sense of smell : olfaction

  1. : to detect by or as if by smell : scent

  2. : to push or move with the nose

  3. : to move (something, such as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

joint play
  1. : the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton with the parts that surround and support it

  2. : node

  3. : a part or space included between two articulations, knots, or nodes

  1. : united, combined

  2. : common to two or more: such as

  3. : involving the united activity of two or more

  1. : to unite by a joint : fit together

  2. : to provide with a joint : articulate

  3. : to prepare (something, such as a board) for joining by planing the edge


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