the rank and file


: the people in the army, navy, air force, etc., who are not officers
: the members of a group or organization who are not leaders
The rank and file is/are unhappy with the chairman's decision.

Examples of the rank and file in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Current Indian Army personnel played all the rank and file soldier roles in the film, not extras. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 2 Feb. 2024 In meetings at the Pentagon and at the White House, officials say that Mr. Austin demonstrates a command of military strategy and an understanding of the day-to-day issues of the rank and file. Helene Cooper, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 The back-to-back defeats highlighted the litany of problems Mr. Johnson inherited the day he was elected speaker and his inexperience in the position, roughly 100 days after being catapulted from the rank and file to the top job in the House. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 In the Police Department, the rank and file is hearing rumors of buyouts and demotions, but many see the mayor’s plan to shrink the department as a political tactic. Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 But many wonder just how protected the rank and file are from the emergence of artificial intelligence, one of the most significant issues fought over during strike negotiations. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 20 Dec. 2023 But apparently the rank and file are true believers? Leon Aron, National Review, 11 Nov. 2023 The fallout from Paxton’s acquittal last month — on charges of bribery, abuse of office and other misconduct — only further inflamed relations among the leadership as well as the rank and file. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2023 From power brokers to the rank and file, a growing number are incensed by the hostile rhetoric surrounding Israel and the lack of solidarity, even as some 240 hostages continue to be held by Hamas. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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“The rank and file.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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