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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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Labour MP Diane Abbott broke ranks and predicted that the Home Secretary would be leaving his post within weeks.
Twenty-seven Republicans broke ranks to oppose the measure, while 36 Democrats supported it.
Only the Northern League party broke ranks from the ruling centre-right coalition government to voice any opposition to the loan, but the move was supported by the opposition centre-left coalition.
Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said although few big stores opened on Christmas Day he feared in such a competitive industry if one company broke ranks others would follow.
During the war with Iraq, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Anzar broke ranks with most of Europe by siding with the United States, which led to widespread public protest.
Meanwhile, a senior Anglican bishop, Peter Forster, broke ranks with most of his colleagues and with the Archbishop of Canterbury to voice support for the U.
The fourth chapter examines the work of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, who broke ranks from Du Bois, Locke, and others seeking vindication on the concert stage, and celebrate d instead versions of black life expressed in the blues and other vernacular arts.
Davies, normally a news reporter, broke ranks to put Henry on the spot.
Solvay broke ranks in late April, splitting the increase into 3[cent] for May 1 and 2[cent] June 1.
She broke ranks with her husband by opposing his "don't ask, don't tell" policy, but when it comes to gay marriage, first lady Hillary Rodhan Clinton is standing by her man.
THE crew of HMS Invincible yesterday broke ranks to speak of their frustration about being sent into the Balkan war zone.
The debate was at times heated, and even members of the majority New Progressive Party (NPP) broke ranks when it came time to vote.