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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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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."
* PULLING RANK: England skipper Andrew Strauss will want to keep his side top of the Test standings without KP
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.
And, with Calzaghe pulling rank as the senior champion and refusing point-blank to travel, it seemed deadlock had been reached.