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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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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.
It is very unlikely that either man will back down easily, now that they have broken ranks and unity with their fellow bishops--as Bishop Gaillot did in France before he was deposed.
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.
WORD is gradually filtering out that one half of the Old Firm have broken ranks and are trying to take their place in English football.