pull rank

idiom

Definition of pull rank

: to use one's high position in a society, organization, group, etc., to order someone to do something or to get special treatment or privileges
  • He's their boss, but he doesn't like to pull rank (on them) if he can avoid it.

Word by Word Definitions

rank play
  1. : relative standing or position

  2. : a degree or position of dignity, eminence, or excellence : distinction

  3. : high social position

  1. : to determine the relative position of : rate

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

  3. : to take precedence of

  1. : offensive in odor or flavor

  2. : shockingly conspicuous

  3. : outright


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