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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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"Madeleine Rees, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia, has broken ranks to demand that UN officials, international peacekeepers and police who are involved in sex crimes be brought to justice in their home countries."
Ms Short, MP for Ladywood and Secretary of State for International Development, has broken ranks with her Cabinet colleagues by publicly stating she does not want a second Gulf War.
Other affiliates worldwide have also broken ranks and decided to merge with different accounting companies.
colleges and universities ("Broken Ranks," September 2001).
His peers didn't follow suit, but they did punish him through the grapevine by unleashing a set of tasty, intriguing rumors designed to alert the CEO that someone had broken ranks. The CEO ignored the whole thing, but the man's peers were still unhappy and examined his every decision for uncharacteristic elements.
But four councils - including one in the North East - have broken ranks and published their draft proposals.