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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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He said the Taiwanese computer parts plants damaged in the tremor had quickly resumed production, and that Dell, the world's second-largest PC seller had pulled rank on smaller rivals to ensure uninterrupted supplier of computer chips.
But Burnley pulled rank by winning their last meeting in March 2014, on their way to promotion to the Premier League.
"I pulled rank, said I had dodgy hearing so Alec is the one with the earpiece!
JUST when there was a danger to his place at the head of the betting, Phil Taylor pulled rank over the weekend and will be clear favourite when the Ladbrokes World Championship starts in London on December 14.
Rankin claimed: "Severin was goin 2 watch Falkirk game with @ Robbien2 but his wife has pulled rank. He actually phoned 2 ask if he could go!!
Chris Iwelumo, scorer of goals either side of the 54thminute spot-kick, was keen to claim the ball for the penalty but Ebanks-Blake swiftly pulled rank.
CARLOS TEVEZ was denied his first Manchester United hat-trick - after penalty king Cristiano Ronaldo pulled rank on him.
GLANMOR GRIFFITHS pulled rank and took the decision to close the sliding roof on the Millennium Stadium for the Test with Australia.
Spalding took the lead with a penalty by Kay Wand, but Whitchurch pulled rank with two tries by scrum-half Phil Mullock and one from second-row forward Dale Williams.