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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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rankly, it is strange to see you under the flag of the Labor Party.
So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused.
These are a parcel of those venomous weeds, That rankly pester this fair garden plot, Whose boisterous growth is such, that I must use More policy than strength to reach their root.
hee is worst, who (beggarly) doth chaw, Others wits fruits, and in his ravenous maw Rankly digested, those things out-spue, As his owne things; and they are his owne, 'tis true, For if one eate my meate, though it be known The meate was mine, th'excrement is his owne.