nose out of joint

Definition of nose out of joint

informal

  1. —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

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

    :  this part together with the nasal cavity

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

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

    :  to push or move with the nose

    :  to move (as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

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

    :  node

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

  1. :  united, combined

    :  common to two or more: such as

    :  involving the united activity of two or more

  1. :  to separate the joints of

    :  to unite by a joint :  fit together

    :  to provide with a joint :  articulate


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