nose out of joint

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Noun[edit]

nose out of joint (plural noses out of joint)

  1. (idiomatic) An emotional state where someone is in a bad mood because he/she 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.

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