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.

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

Mary-Louise was the captain of the basketball team last year, and she had her nose put out of joint when

a. she was named captain again this year

b. Sarah-Lee was named captain this year

c. she accidentally head-butted Sarah-Lee in the face

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Contributor: Matt Errey