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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"I'm all for Theresa May going and talking to Macron, there's lots to talk about - security and all sorts of other things - but I think we have got to accept we have got to do the hard yards of negotiating in Brussels, we are not going to find the French or any other major country wanting to break ranks."
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.
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.