- among the best or most important; foremost; topnotch.
Origin of front-rank
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for front-rank
And at none of these things was he an amateur, but as good as most front-rank professionals.Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
Four barrels I'll keep for the front-rank foes—and the next for you—and the last for me!Voces Populi
All the front-rank men are armed with lance and sabre—the rear ranks have sabres only.Rung Ho!
We front-rank men felt an impulse as if someone were pushing us from behind.A Tatter of Scarlet
S. R. Crockett
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