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Re: Nose out of joint

Posted by David FG on October 13, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Nose out of joint posted by Lotg on October 13, 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.

'Off-side' is a football (soccer and rugby) term. Don't know about other games, but it is not from cricket. Just a slight interjection - sorry!

DFG