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pull rank (on one)

To use one's higher position of authority to dictate what someone does or to gain an advantage for oneself. Even though I'm the boss, I try not to pull rank and let everyone have equal say in how things are done. Whenever new assignments comes 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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You're going through sexual harassment and because your boss is twice your age, he probably thinks he can pull rank and that you'll be too scared to report him.
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.
Why, in fact, if the alleged indiscretion was so monumental did the director of communications who witnessed it not pull rank on Lowry at the time?
Mid-table Conference North outfit Worksop should pull rank on the well-supported but limited Unibond side AFC Telford in one of today's 42 FA Trophy ties.
Here is an artist prepared to speak her mind, refusing to accept the received wisdom of record company masterminds or the self-styled gangstas who pull rank in the garage scene.
The Chargers are one of the great stories of this season, but the Colts should pull rank.
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Dr Martens League Premier Division side County can pull rank themselves on their DML Western Division counterparts.
GUDJON THORDARSON refused to pull rank in the confusion over who scored Stoke's winner.
We can only hope that the likes of John Francome, Mick Fitzgerald, Simon McNeill and Martin Bosley pull rank and insist on being included in the line-up for the `decider'.
KEVIN KEEGAN is tempted to pull rank on Howard Wilkinson to give Joe Cole a chance to play for England in Euro 2000.