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Girl passes up a tango, with nose ultimately put out of joint (9)


I believe the answer is:


Here is my best explanation:

'put out of joint' is the definition.

'girl passes up a tango with' is the wordplay.
'girl' becomes 'di'.
'passes' becomes 'cols' (col is a kind of pass).
'up' says the letters should be written backwards (in down clue: letters go upwards).
'a tango with' becomes 'ate' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'cols' backwards is 'sloc'.

'nose ultimately' acts as a link.
This may not be correct. Some or all of it may be part of another bit of the clue.

This clue was last seen in The Times