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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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Frank Gilfeather Willo Flood has broken ranks by insisting Aberdeen can beat Celtic to the Premiership crown.
According to Al Arabiya TV, Colonel Yarub Sharaa, Head of the Information Bureau of Damascus' political intelligence unit, announced Sunday that he had broken ranks with President Basharal-Assad's regime.
But, with his contract up in the summer, Lee Bowyer (above) has broken ranks to admit he's uncertain whether the club will offer him a new deal.
They could have broken ranks and retaliated against these abusers.
A CATHOLIC priest has sensationally broken ranks and accused another priest of sexually abusing him.