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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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The pilots are said to have broken ranks with other unions at the carrier.
Archbishop Ndungane, the archbishop of Cape Town, has broken ranks with many African Anglicans by backing Bishop Robinson's consecration.
Since then, he says, his position has evolved, and he has broken ranks with his former colleagues on anti-abortion legislation.
"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.