rank and file
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Origin of rank and file
OTHER WORDS FROM rank and filerank-and-file, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for rank and file
Asked what kind of support he got from rank-and-file Democrats, he paused before replying with a hearty laugh.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It|Eleanor Clift|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rank-and-file conservatives by and large do not share these extreme anti-equality, anti-abortion, anti-women attitudes.
Some rank-and-file evangelicals may have switched their position or even advocated for reform.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform|Jacob Lupfer|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In recent Republican congressional primaries, the rank-and-file has voted “no” to reflexive interventionism.
Like all rank-and-file soldiers, though, he was under close watch.Fearful of a U.S. Strike, Defectors Flee the Syrian Army|Mike Giglio|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Below this group were the rank-and-file Party members, whose leadership role was constitutionally guaranteed.Area Handbook for Albania|Eugene K. Keefe
For the leaders, it may last a little longer than for the rank-and-file.The New Society|Walther Rathenau
During the Crimean War, he took care of the fame of the rank-and-file of the army.
They were followed by the great bulk of the rank-and-file of so-called Jewish Socialists.The myth of the Jewish menace in world affairs|Lucien Wolf
Peel among his magnificent qualities had not the art of conciliating the rank-and-file of his supporters.The Earl of Beaconsfield|James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for rank and file
Derived forms of rank and filerank and filer, noun
Cultural definitions for rank and file
The people who form the major portion of any group or organization, excluding the leaders: “The rumors of corruption at the top disturbed the party's rank and file.” This phrase comes from military usage, where enlisted men march in ranks (close abreast) and files (one behind another), whereas officers march outside these formations.
Idioms and Phrases with rank and file
Followers, the general membership, as in This new senator really appeals to the rank and file in the labor unions. This expression comes from the military, where a rank denotes soldiers standing side by side in a row, and file refers to soldiers standing behind one another. The first recorded figurative use of this term was in 1860.