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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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CARLOS TEVEZ was denied his first Manchester United hat-trick - after penalty king Cristiano Ronaldo pulled rank on him.
And Aberavon, top of Division One, pulled rank on bottom side Whitland with a 27-9 victory at Parc Dre Owen.
GLANMOR GRIFFITHS pulled rank and took the decision to close the sliding roof on the Millennium Stadium for the Test with Australia.
Spalding took the lead with a penalty by Kay Wand, but Whitchurch pulled rank with two tries by scrum-half Phil Mullock and one from second-row forward Dale Williams.
But Tom Ince pulled rank and stuck the spot-kick in himself, leaving Gosling to admit: "Incey is the main man.
David Cameron shamefully pulled rank on Defence Secretary Liam Fox and, during one of his sleeves-rolled-up look-at-me-I'm-a-manof-action visits to Afghanistan, won cheers from the troops with the good news.
Group B top seeds Russia were so worried about the order of the qualifying ties that they pulled rank and demanded the meeting be held in Moscow instead of Bratislava.
Chris Iwelumo, scorer of goals either side of the 54thminute spot-kick, was keen to claim the ball for the penalty but Ebanks-Blake swiftly pulled rank.
Meanwhile Vaughan has pulled rank - and will open England's batting on Thursday instead of Andrew Strauss.
HARRY Potter creator JK Rowling is so powerful in Hollywood she is said to have pulled rank over Steven Spielberg, causing him to back out of making the first Potter film.
Devon White fancied his chances, but I'm the captain and I pulled rank.