Definition of out of joint in US English:

out of joint

phrase

  • 1(of a joint of the body) out of position; dislocated.

    ‘he put his hip out of joint’
    • ‘The injury has progressed to the point that the heads can dislocate or come out of joint.’
    • ‘She pulls it hard enough to put it out of joint, but does not break it.’
    • ‘I've managed to pull my hip out of joint somehow and have stabbing pains when I stand up.’
    • ‘He rolled off to one side, and was trying to rise, but his arm had been put out of joint at the shoulder in the fall.’
    • ‘I am in discomfort all the time and my hip keeps popping out of joint so I have to wiggle it back in.’
    • ‘However, his comeback was accompanied by a 90 percent chance the shoulder would pop out of joint again.’
    • ‘Jacob wrestled with the angel until the angel put his hip out of joint.’
    • ‘For, as with Sutton, Petrov has put a few noses out of joint with his match-winning interventions this season.’
    1. 1.1 In a state of disorder or disorientation.
      ‘time was thrown completely out of joint’
      • ‘The things they describe are not integral to the story, and the language of the descriptions is forced and somehow out of joint.’
      • ‘Confucius finds himself in an age in which values are out of joint.’
      • ‘The time, and the medium, seem out of joint for such productions.’
      • ‘Highly trained sniffer dogs used to detect explosives could have their snouts put out of joint by pioneering chemical research.’
      • ‘The poets seem to be ethnographers, slightly out of joint.’
      • ‘But there is something collectively out of joint in European culture, if rhetoric like this really resonates with the public.’
      • ‘A group of fruit trees in this work becomes a hideous metaphor for a world out of joint.’
      • ‘Similarly out of joint is the notion that Rachel's example in Genesis 30 would be taken by fundamentalists as justification for concubinage.’
      • ‘The modern world, as BT portrays it, is out of joint.’
      • ‘The angles are out of joint, the proportions irregular, the sky stained by blotches; still the birds flutter along in meditation.’