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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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I decided then I would break ranks with Howard Berman, who I have supported for over 30 years, and back De Lear.
S&N's decision to break ranks from the rest of the drinks industry may cause surprise, particularly as its targets ( Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco ( are some of its biggest customers.
The more people who are watching, the less likely it is that one individual will break ranks and get involved.
While none of them supports the Federal Marriage Amendment--not to my face, at least--none of them is willing to break ranks with the Republican Party over it either.
Of the remaining eight rotating members, newcomers Susan Bies and Mark Olsen are unlikely to dissent: New governors generally don't break ranks in their first year while they feel their way around the organization.
Republican Governor John Rowland has gone to extraordinary (and possibly illegal) lengths to crush the union, New England Health Care Employees District 1199, publicly calling for members, who are mostly women of color, to break ranks and stay on the job.