rank

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[ rangk ]
/ ræŋk /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    break ranks,
    1. to leave an assigned position in a military formation.
    2. to disagree with, defect from, or refuse to support one's colleagues, party, or the like.
    pull rank (on), to make use of one's superior rank to gain an advantage over (someone).Also pull one's rank (on).

Origin of rank

1
1560–70; < French ranc (noun, obsolete), Old French renc, ranc, rang row, line < Germanic, akin to ring1
SYNONYMS FOR rank
Related formsrank·less, adjectiveun·ranked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pull rank (1 of 3)

Rank


noun

(ræŋk) J (oseph) Arthur, 1st Baron. 1888–1972, British industrialist and film executive, whose companies dominated the British film industry in the 1940s and 1950s
(German raŋk) Otto (ˈɔto). 1884–1939, Austrian psychoanalyst, noted for his theory that the trauma of birth may be reflected in certain forms of mental illness

British Dictionary definitions for pull rank (2 of 3)

rank

1
/ (ræŋk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for rank

C16: from Old French ranc row, rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hring circle

British Dictionary definitions for pull rank (3 of 3)

rank

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/ (ræŋk) /

adjective

showing vigorous and profuse growthrank weeds
highly offensive or disagreeable, esp in smell or taste
(prenominal) complete or absolute; uttera rank outsider
coarse or vulgar; grosshis language was rank
Derived Formsrankly, adverbrankness, noun

Word Origin for rank

Old English ranc straight, noble; related to Old Norse rakkr upright, Dutch, Swedish rank tall and thin, weak
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Idioms and Phrases with pull rank (1 of 2)

pull rank


Use one's higher status to compel obedience or obtain privileges, as in She hated pulling rank in the office, but sometimes it was necessary. This term comes from the military. [c. 1920]

Idioms and Phrases with pull rank (2 of 2)

rank


In addition to the idiom beginning with rank

  • rank and file

also see:

  • break ranks
  • close ranks
  • pull rank
  • rise through the ranks
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