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rank and file

noun

Definition of rank and file

  1. 1 :  the enlisted personnel of an armed force

  2. 2 :  the individuals who constitute the body of an organization, society, or nation as distinguished from the leaders

rank–and–file play \ˌraŋk-ən-ˈfī(-ə)l\ adjective
rank and fil·er play \-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>



1598

First Known Use of rank and file

1598



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