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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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But Strachan should be able to pull rank and stop Nakamura travelling as that weekend is NOT a recognised international match date under FIFA rules
Bob Ainsworth, Coventry North-East MP is writing to Dr Stephen Ladyman asking him to pull rank and progress the dispute which is now two years old.
Everyone knows the stereotype: pizza-eating, coke-swilling, socially inept, hygiene-challenged, sci-fi loving geeks; they cannot and will not fit in with corporate culture, will laugh at a manager that tries to pull rank, use their technology knowledge to make others feel inferior.
Roscommon star Grehan can pull rank on Galway in Div 1A of the Allianz NFL this afternoon - because his side are the real Connacht champions.
Henman and Rusedski were expected to pull rank on Todd Martin and Jim Courier six months ago, and look what happened to them.
Nahrain HAVING shaken off seven months of racing inactivity, Nahrain is primed for her first appearance at Group 1 level since the Breeders' Cup, when one of last season's top fillies will bid to pull rank on some of this year's stars, writes Jon Le es.
"I'll get the last word then," he sniggered, only for chair Bill Midgely to pull rank and make the mayor go first.