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[fruhnt-rangk] /ˈfrʌntˈræŋk/
among the best or most important; foremost; topnotch.
Origin of front-rank
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • De Spain knew none of the front-rank men, but he knew well Nan Morgan and her dancing partner.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • And at none of these things was he an amateur, but as good as most front-rank professionals.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • The front-rank man on the right stands fast, the rear-rank man on the right closes to 40 inches.

  • Four barrels I'll keep for the front-rank foes—and the next for you—and the last for me!

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • Discipline before all,” said I. “Follow your front-rank man.

  • All the front-rank men are armed with lance and sabre—the rear ranks have sabres only.

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • No front-rank, successful person of any kind was usually to be found in Mrs. Money's rooms.

  • We front-rank men felt an impulse as if someone were pushing us from behind.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
  • His progress has been most remarkable, and it looks as if he is going to make one of the front-rank preachers.

  • The dread which some medical men have of cold applications is wonderful, but we know that the front-rank men have no such fear.

    Papers on Health John Kirk

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