Definitions for rank and file

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rank′ and file′(n.)

  1. the members of any organization, esp. a union, apart from its leaders or officers.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

    Ref: rank1 (def. 6a). 1 1 7 1

Origin of rank and file:

1590–1600

rank′-and-fil′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rank and file, rank(noun)

    the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

    "the strike was supported by the union rank and file"; "he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"

  2. rank and file(noun)

    people who constitute the main body of any group

Wiktionary

  1. rank and file(Noun)

    Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.

  2. rank and file(Noun)

    Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.

Freebase

  1. Rank and File

    Rank and File was a roots rock post-punk band formed by brothers Chip Kinman and Tony Kinman after they split up their punk band the Dils. The band also included former Nuns guitarist Alejandro Escovedo. They appeared on PBS's revered country music showcase Austin City Limits. The Kinmans' next project was the synthpop, guitar and drum-machine based, Blackbird. Escovedo formed the True Believers with his brother Javier, before launching a solo songwriting and recording career.

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