join the ranks (of something)

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join the ranks (of something)

To become a part or member of a large group or organization. Hey, I heard you'll be joining the ranks at our office next month. Congratulations! Each year, more and more people join the ranks of those whose livelihoods were destroyed by the economic recession.
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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.
A source in the leadership of the Liberation of Nineveh told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "Daash committed men from the age of 14 and up to 60 years, in Shurah south of Mosul and Tal Afar west, to join the ranks of the organization according to conscription.
To be fair, the new program isn't entirely far-fetched - a number of Americans have left home to join the ranks of Daesh, and militants have been known to prowl online forums for potential recruits.
Aykroyd said at the swearing-in ceremony that it was an honor to join the ranks, and that he understood the challenges that law enforcement face in today's world.
Children in Hexham were among the first to join the ranks of the English Heritage campaign to highlight the Roman-themed events along Hadrian's Wall this month and next.
Jason Sleeper, son of Christine Boudreau and Charlie Latino of Worcester, has volunteered to join the ranks of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
At this time, we are dealing again with many young people who unfortunately will join the ranks of the Disabled American Veterans.
A second opinion on UCLA starting point guard Jordan Farmar's injured right ankle brought the same diagnosis as the first, but the Bruins continue to be hit by injuries as centers Lorenzo Mata and Michael Fey were the latest to join the ranks.
We are honored and excited to be chosen to join the ranks of this prestigious organization, " said Bob Wilson, general manger of the Thayer Hotel.
Concluded Wickham, "I don't agree with all that he says, but I celebrate his refusal to join the ranks of the church zealots of the left or the right, or to blindly align himself with those politicians who pander to them.
In this fantastical little volume, author Kenneth Saltman rants at the Edison Schools for an array of sins and so seeks to join the ranks of the antichoice, antiaccountability crowd (like Alfie Kohn, Susan Ohanian, Henry Giroux, and Jonathan Kozol) and, presumably, will share some of the lucre from the apologista dinner circuit.
Army officers Mike Babul, Edward Casazza, Joseph LeBlanc and Gina Rossi join the ranks of 12 active-duty, 10 Reserve and six Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee officers of colonel and equivalent rank assigned to the command.
Walsh, who has choreographed for ABT Studio Company, Ballet Quad Cities, and the Houston Grand Opera, has invited dancers from Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the now-defunct Ballett Frankfurt, and BalletMet Columbus to join the ranks of his own company for the January 7-8 premiere at the Hobby Center in his home base, Houston.
A new experiment suggests that scans by beams of fast-moving neutrons may someday join the ranks of diagnostic-imaging tools.