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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 there's no chance of the ex-Clackmannan star pulling rank on Moles, who quit his post in Kenya last weekend to succeed Tony Judd as national coach.
However, the great poet of the Empire clearly cuts no ice with the shipping industry's bible, Lloyd's List, which, with 269 years under its belt (and claims to be the world's oldest daily newspaper), is pulling rank.
Boys will be boys and, as long as they go after girls, many kinds of sexual abuse--including rape--may be regarded as regrettable, but at least as "natural" Within the military, such behavior may even become ritualized and competitive--another way of pulling rank within a hierarchy of masculinity.
Dolgopolov was fortunate to see off Paolo Lorenzi in his opener in Umag but then stepped up on that effort when pulling rank on local wild-card Franco Skugor in his last singles start.
However, both Bartion and James Milner wanted to take Saturday's kick right in front in front of the 5,000 travelling Toon Army, with the former Manchester City man finally pulling rank.
Instead of pulling rank, Gough gave his 20-year-old new ball partner Stuart Broad choice of ends in Monday's Twenty20 defeat by Pakistan at Bristol to help put a young debutant at ease.