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Frank's fine punching put nose out of joint (9)


I believe the answer is:


'frank's' is the definition.
('outspoken' can be a synonym of 'frank')

'fine punching put nose out of joint' is the wordplay.
'fine' becomes 'ok' ('OK' can be a synonym of 'fine').
'punching' is an insertion indicator (I've seen this in other clues).
'out of joint' indicates anagramming the letters.
'putnose' anagrammed gives 'outspen'.
'ok' placed into 'outspen' is 'OUTSPOKEN'.

(Other definitions for outspoken that I've seen before include "Candid" , "Describes one who always says what s/he thinks" , "not reserved?" , "Forthright, frank" , "Bold in speech" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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