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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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On July 21, on his 77th birthday, Vaghela had announced his plan to break ranks with the Congress, which he had joined two decades back after leaving the BJP.
After the war they decided to break ranks and seek independence form Britain, but during both wars we were all still of the Empire.
French President Francois Hollande supported the so-called Tobin tax in his presidential election campaign, but has seen his Finance Minister, Pierre Moscovici, break ranks on the issue.
There's a softening of approach from the 15th as Venus is first to break ranks, probably for a chocolate biscuit or two as she slows things down by entering the sign of Taurus, seeking comfort and security in more peaceful times.
Summary: Williams have become the first of the current Formula One teams to break ranks and confirm their entry for the 2010 championship.
It will be won by the first major party to break ranks and give a firm commitment to independence from the political control of Brussels and negotiation of a trading arrangement.