rank and file

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rank and file (uncountable)

  1. Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.
  2. (idiomatic) Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.
    The executives attend meetings in exotic locations while the rank and file stays at headquarters doing the bulk of the work.
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 06:24