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rank and file

1. noun Ordinary members who are not in a position of leadership, authority, or power. The deal was rejected by a large majority of the rank and file within the union.
2. adjective Everyday; ordinary; not in a position of authority or power. Often hyphenated. The scandal appears to go beyond rank-and-file officers all the way to the heads of the police force. Everyone assumes I make a lot of money because I work in the film industry, but the pay for a rank-and-file crew member is actually pretty low.
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rank and file

 
1. Lit. regular soldiers, not the officers. I think there is low morale among the rank and file, sir. The rank and file usually do exactly as they are told.
2. Fig. the ordinary members of a group, not the leaders. The rank and file will vote on the proposed contract tomorrow. The last contract was turned down by the rank and file last year.
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rank and file

Followers, the general membership, as in This new senator really appeals to the rank and file in the labor unions. This expression comes from the military, where a rank denotes soldiers standing side by side in a row, and file refers to soldiers standing behind one another. The first recorded figurative use of this term was in 1860.
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rank and file

The rank and file of an organization are its ordinary members rather than its leaders. He gave the sort of speeches the rank and file wanted to hear. Note: Rank-and-file is often used before nouns. The take-home pay of a rank-and-file orchestra member at the time was only 2.7 million lire per month.
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rank and file

the ordinary members of an organization as opposed to its leaders.
The notion behind the expression is of the ‘ranks’ and ‘files’ into which privates and non-commissioned officers form on parade.
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(the) ˌrank and ˈfile

(the) ordinary members of a group or an organization: I can see that you are happy with the plan but what will the rank and file think?The rank-and-file members don’t elect the leader. OPPOSITE: (the) top brass
In the military, the rank and file are ordinary soldiers who are not officers.
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rank and file

n. the common members of something. What will the rank and file think of the proposal?
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rank and file, the

The general population; followers rather than leaders. This term comes from the military, where it means soldiers and noncommissioned officers as opposed to officers. Both words actually refer to specific lineups, a rank meaning men aligned side by side and a file men standing behind one another. It is the soldiers and noncommissioned who line up in this way, with the officers standing in front or to the side. The military expression dates from the sixteenth century. In the late eighteenth century it began to be applied figuratively to the general membership of a large group or the individuals in a series. Robert Burns did so in First Epistle to Davie (1784): “The words come skelpan, rank and file.”
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