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 Nose of Wax (A).Nosey. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Nose Out of Joint.
 
To put one’s nose out of joint is to supplant a person in another’s good graces. To put another person’s nose where yours is now. There is a good French locution, “Lui couper l’herbe sous le picd.” (In Latin, “Aliquem de jure suo dejicere.”) Sometimes it means to humiliate a conceited person.   1
        “Fearing now least this wench which is brought over hit her should put your nose out the joynt, comming betweene home and you.”—Terence in English (1614).
 


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