nose is out of joint

nose is out of joint
(your) nose is out of joint to feel upset or annoyed because you think you have not been treated well.

You have to make everybody happy and be sure no one's nose is out of joint if you want people to work long hours on something special.

Usage notes: also used in the plural form noses out of joint:

The kids' noses got out of joint because I told them their rooms were disgusting.


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  • nose is out of joint — she is upset, he is not pleased    Ed s nose is out of joint because the Liberals lost the election …   English idioms

  • nose is out of joint — See: PUT ONE S NOSE OUT OF JOINT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nose is out of joint — See: PUT ONE S NOSE OUT OF JOINT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nose\ is\ out\ of\ joint — See: put one s nose out of joint …   Словарь американских идиом

  • your nose is out of joint — (your) nose is out of joint to feel upset or annoyed because you think you have not been treated well. You have to make everybody happy and be sure no one s nose is out of joint if you want people to work long hours on something special. Usage… …   New idioms dictionary

  • out of joint — See nose is out of joint …   English idioms

  • nose out of joint —    If something puts your nose out of joint, it offends or annoys you.     When he discovered he wasn t on the invitation list, that really put his nose out of joint! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • out of joint — 1) if a system is out of joint, it is not working correctly The new regulations threw the whole system out of joint. 2) if a bone in your body is out of joint, it is not in its correct position See: nose I …   English dictionary

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

  • put nose out of joint — put (someone s) nose out of joint informal to upset or annoy someone. Martin refused to let her chair the meeting which rather put her nose out of joint …   New idioms dictionary

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