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1

Dislocated, as in Trying to break his fall, he put his shoulder out of joint. [Late 1300s]

2

See nose out of joint.

3

Out of order, inauspicious or unsatisfactory, as in The entire lineup of our team is out of joint. Shakespeare had this term in Hamlet (1:5): “The time is out of joint.” [Early 1400s]

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