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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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But rather than pulling rank, Prince Harry, who has recently returned to the UK, was happy to take orders, Cpl Carr has revealed.
There were surprises galore in round one but unromantic punters will doubtless be betting on the bigger teams pulling rank and Coral are happy to oblige.
Pulling rank "Sometimes, though, I just think they need to remember how far they have come.
Robson won the next game to love but both players failed to hold their service games and the match went to a final-set tiebreaker, Hrdinova wasting two match points before finally pulling rank and closing out the match.
Even though it is far tighter this year between Ferrari and McLaren and Hamilton has twice a many points as Kovalainen, he will not be pulling rank.
The men are always in uniform and pulling rank, and Othello himself is clearly more naturally a fighter than a lover with quick and terrible decisiveness.