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RANK. The order or place in which certain officers are placed in the army and navy, in relation to others, is called their rank.
     2. It is a maxim, that officers of, an inferior rank are bound to obey all the lawful commands of their superiors, and are justified for such obedience.

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Breaking ranks with Negro American officialdom, which lauded the reigning queen of pulp fiction, was no small feat, suggests David Levering Lewis, and "only Sterling Brown had the courage to break ranks and deeply anger Hurst" (297).
Fortunately for taxpayers, cartel members eventually will cave in to the temptation to break ranks and slash taxes, leading to the group's demise and reductions in tax burdens and complexity.
As one of eight union presidents to break ranks with their AFL leadership for its reluctance to organize the mass industries, Hillman aided in the creation of a "committee for industrial organization," which became the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
Mr Johnson is the first senior Tory to break ranks with the PM's line that the UK cannot join Assad due to his human rights record.
Cabrera heats up: Orlando Cabrera's 26 RBI since the All-Star break ranks second on the team to Vladimir Guerrero (46), a sign of his second-half resurgence.
That he should break ranks like this gives Howard a huge headache in his bid to portray the Tories as possessors of cohesive and innovative ideas on governing a better Britain.
If there is a strike, the Rb URGES buildings not to break ranks by capitulating to union pressure, or by signing 'you too' agreements that representatives of the union may offer.
The insider said: "They will all break ranks and go it alone to protect their business and sales.