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rank and file

rank and file

noun

Definition of RANK AND FILE

1
:  the enlisted personnel of an armed force
2
:  the individuals who constitute the body of an organization, society, or nation as distinguished from the leaders
rank–and–file \ˌraŋk-ən-ˈfī(-ə)l\ adjective
rank and fil·er \-ˈfī-lər\ noun

Examples of RANK AND FILE

  1. <the chosen few might have the opportunity for a trip in the space shuttle, but it will be a while before the rank and file are taking space trips>

First Known Use of RANK AND FILE

1598

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