the rank and file

Definition of the rank and file

  1. 1 :  the people in the army, navy, air force, etc., who are not officers

  2. 2 :  the members of a group or organization who are not leaders The rank and file is/are unhappy with the chairman's decision.

Word by Word Definitions

  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

  1. :  a tool usually of hardened steel with cutting ridges for forming or smoothing surfaces especially of metal

    :  a shrewd or crafty person

  1. :  to rub, smooth, or cut away with or as if with a file

  1. :  defile, corrupt

  1. :  to arrange in order for preservation and reference

    :  to place among official records as prescribed by law

    :  to send (copy) to a newspaper

  1. :  a device (as a folder, case, or cabinet) by means of which papers are kept in order

    :  roll, list

    :  a collection of papers or publications usually arranged or classified

  1. :  single file

    :  any of the rows of squares that extend across a chessboard from one player's side to the other player's side

  1. :  to march or proceed in single file

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a brief usually trivial fact

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