join the ranks of

join the ranks of something

to become part of a larger group or organization Their country will join the ranks of the most developed nations of the world in four or five years.
See also: join, of, rank

join the ranks of something

to become part of a large group Thousands of young people join the ranks of the unemployed each summer when they leave school.
See Join the club!, enter the fray
See also: join, of, rank
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Her mind, stunned to begin with, now flew to the various changes that her engagement would make-- how delightful it would be to join the ranks of the married women-- no longer to hang on to groups of girls much younger than herself-- to escape the long solitude of an old maid's life.
It would surely be strange if, among those who returned to Alencon or its neighborhood, no brave, honorable, and, above all, sound and healthy officer of suitable age could be found, whose character would be a passport among Bonaparte opinions; or some ci- devant noble who, to regain his lost position, would join the ranks of the royalists.
The two new bishops join the ranks of six other bishops in the Palmdale area, which includes Acton and Agua Dulce.
com to join the ranks of other emerging technology companies on the AO100," said Adam Slutsky, CEO of Mimeo.
If marketers neglect to respect that privilege, the PBE will join the ranks of exhausted internet direct marketing tools that once promised similar results.
The most recent celebrity to join the ranks of Hollywood's elite by cementing his hand prints at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles was the 25-year-old Nestle Quik Bunny.
First, she must come down from her pedestal and join the ranks of the ordinary saints, which, we learn, include ourselves as people of faith.
These talented men and women today join the ranks of a law enforcement agency that epitomizes the phrase, 'commitment to public service,'" Mr.
Gardner will join the ranks of such former celebration speakers as the Rev.
Anne Klein will soon join the ranks of such prestigious designers as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Barney's, among others, each of whom operates flagship stores in Manhattan.
It will join the ranks of ``Beavis & Butt-Head,'' ``South Park,'' ``Mystery Science Theater 3000'' and its lead-in, ``Celebrity Death Match.
Henceforth, the underarm compound 3-methyl-2-hexenoic acid shall join the ranks of foul-smelling chemicals, according to George Preti at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
We are privileged to join the ranks of a combined team of VA staff and contractors who share our commitment to the health and welfare of those who have proudly served our country.
The City Council will decide tonight whether to join the ranks of cities giving conditional support for the repeal of the state car tax, a major funding source for cities and counties.
All of us who publish BIBR are a family bound by our love of books, and we're sorry that a member of our clan, Samiya Bashir, is moving on to join the ranks of freelance writers.