rank and file


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the body of the community as contrasted with the elite
  • the chosen few might have the opportunity for a trip in the space shuttle, but it will be a while before the rank and file are taking space trips

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The first known use of rank and file was in 1598

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“Rank and file.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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