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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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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.
In 1948, Tito made his mark by breaking ranks with Stalin.
So it's encouraging to see states and councils in the USA breaking ranks with the Bush regime and bringing in measures to combat global warming.