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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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Ashley opens up to Casey about his problems with Claire and Carla pulls rank over Liam at the factory.
Amanda adds: "She pulls rank with him and he's so taken aback by the way she acts towards him that you can't imagine this pair ever really hitting it off."