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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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News-Press had to spike a column by former NFL star Deion Sanders after the NFL Network, which has exclusive rights to his "image and opinions" pulled rank on the daily paper.
But the teenager admitted that the Manchester United star had pulled rank with a free-kick opportunity for Wales just outside the Brazilian penalty area.
But the Council pulled rank November 24 and cut this to 5.
But IPCC commissioner for the West Midlands John Crawley, who will supervise the investigation under the 1996 Police Act, has pulled rank and said it is in the 'public interest' to look into it.
Yet as soon as Valenti learned of Chetwynd's liaison with the White House, the whiff of influence proved irresistible, and he pulled rank with Washingtons power culture and bypassed the talent, going directly to the studio chiefs.
And Aberavon, top of Division One, pulled rank on bottom side Whitland with a 27-9 victory at Parc Dre Owen.
He said the Taiwanese computer parts plants damaged in the tremor had quickly resumed production, and that Dell, the world's second-largest PC seller had pulled rank on smaller rivals to ensure uninterrupted supplier of computer chips.
He pulled rank, pulled strings (albeit cardinal gold ones) to upgrade from the shoddy Coliseum end zone seats USC reserves for visiting fans.
A SENIOR policeman told a constable to "f*** off " and pulled rank on him after a boozy night out, a court was told yesterday.
I pulled rank, said I had dodgy hearing so Alec is the one with the earpiece
JUST when there was a danger to his place at the head of the betting, Phil Taylor pulled rank over the weekend and will be clear favourite when the Ladbrokes World Championship starts in London on December 14.