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Re: Nose out of joint

Posted by Lotg on October 13, 2004

In Reply to: Nose out of joint posted by DH on October 12, 2004

: Put your nose out of joint:
: Hurt your feelings or upset your plans--Phrase Finder
: Make someone envious or jealous--Dict of Am. Slang,H-C
: Vastly different defs, can both be right

Well I suppose both mean they're getting you 'off side' - which is another term I need to look up for origin. Sounds like a cricket or football term.

But I digress...
I agree these two definitions do seem rather different, although I suppose it could be said that if you're envious or jealous it's as a result of someone upsetting your plans and/or hurting your feelings. But they are neither inextricably linked nor mutually exclusive.