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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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2250), was approved 275-142, with 41 Democrats breaking ranks to vote for it.
We have to protect our interests' - IFA chief Jim Shaw last month after defender Stephen Craigan (above) claimed it would be 'nice' to see players breaking ranks to see what would be done about it
Central Bank board member, Teodora Cardoso, was quoted as saying Monday that Lisbon would do better to seek international financing, breaking ranks with political leaders.
Lane County's jobless rate climbed in August, breaking ranks with the previous two months when it had fallen slightly.
Westerberg calls upon his decades of experience as a high school principal and the example set by Breaking Ranks II by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, a seminal work in recent school reform.
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez should not make the assumption that Republicans are breaking ranks with their Republican legislators.
In 1948, Tito made his mark by breaking ranks with Stalin.