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pull rank (on one)

To use one's higher position of authority to dictate what one does or to gain an advantage. Even though I'm the boss, I try not to pull rank. I like to let everyone have a say in how things are done. Whenever new assignments come up, Tom always pulls rank on us and picks the best one for himself.
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pull rank (on someone)

Fig. to assert one's rank, authority, or position over someone when making a request or giving an order. Don't pull rank on me! I don't have to do what you say! When she couldn't get her way politely, she pulled rank and really got some action.
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pull rank

Use one's higher status to compel obedience or obtain privileges, as in She hated pulling rank in the office, but sometimes it was necessary. This term comes from the military. [c. 1920]
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pull rank

If someone in authority pulls rank, they use their power or position to make people do what they want, in a way that is not fair. He was a chief superintendent and just occasionally he pulled rank. The Federal Government threatened to pull rank and override the states with its own legislation. Note: This expression is often used to show disapproval.
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pull rank

take unfair advantage of your seniority or privileged position.
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pull ˈrank (on somebody)

make unfair use of your senior position, authority, etc. in an organization, etc: I was really looking forward to going to Rome on business, but then my manager pulled rank on me and said she was going instead.
The position, especially a high one, that somebody has in the army, etc. is called a rank.
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Additionally, prosecutors and police were assured that federal agents would not pull rank on state and local investigations.
The SPL and SFL will have to come up with a solution and it remains to be seen if the top flight will pull rank and insist Celtic should play on the Saturday.
Gael Monfils ought to pull rank over Julien Benneteau but is way too short to be of interest at 1-3, and the day's best value is the 4-6 that in-form Mario Ancic continues his charge by sweeping aside Mikhail Youzhny.
Grange are bidding to pull rank on Group A rivals Penicuik and Dunfermline after all three ended with a win each following last month's first round of matches.
Nicky Henderson, after an Ascot Saturday that saw Binocular romp home in the International Hurdle, Punchestowns power to victory in the Long Walk and Sentry Duty pull rank in The Ladbroke
He should come through his opener against in-form Rory McLeod without much ado, and even though he will need his wits about him against probable opponent Joe Perry in the round of 16 the Rocket should still pull rank over the player he edged out 5-4 in a Premier League semi-final a week ago.
It's hard to imagine the insecurities that would make a mother-in-law or a mother try to pull rank over the other.
A source said Barr had not tried to pull rank on the traffic cops who flagged her down.
In his opener the Belgian can pull rank over Stanislas Wawrinka, who is going well on clay but has a lot to learn on grass.