put someone's nose out of joint Informal
Meaning: If you put someone's nose out of joint, you upset them by not treating them with as much respect or consideration as they think they deserve.
- Brad had his nose put out of joint when he saw that he didn't get top billing on the movie poster. George's name was written above Brad's name.
- Our little boy had his nose put out of joint when we got a bicycle for his sister, so we got him one as well.
Mary-Louise was the captain of the basketball team last year, and she had her nose put out of joint when