the rank and file

noun

Definition of the rank and file

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

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“The rank and file.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20rank%20and%20file. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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