out of joint

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

out of joint

  1. (anatomy) Dislocated.
    I fell over and put my shoulder out of joint.
  2. (by extension) Chaotic, disordered, out of control.
  3. Not in harmony, in step or in line (with something).
    • 1933, Robert Byron, First Russia, Then Tibet[1], London: Macmillan, Part I, Chapter 5, p. 71:
      While the Kremlin at Moscow exhales a paradoxical sympathy with this renewal of old tradition, Leningrad seems out of joint with Bolshevism and wears a sad air, as though mourning for an interlude which is past.

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