break rank(s)

Definition of break rank(s)

  1. 1 :  to step out of a line The soldier was disciplined for breaking rank(s).

  2. 2 :  to no longer agree with or support a person or group —often + with One scientist has broken rank(s) with her colleagues and questioned the research.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

    :  fracture

    : to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. :  an act or action of breaking

    :  the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

    :  a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage :  a condition produced by or as if by breaking :  gap

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  1. :  luxuriantly or excessively vigorous in growth

    :  offensively gross or coarse :  foul

    :  grown too large

  1. :  row, series

    :  a row of people

    :  a line of soldiers ranged side by side in close order

  1. :  to arrange in lines or in a regular formation

    :  to determine the relative position of :  rate

    :  to take precedence of

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