Sep 13, 2019
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Rank and File – Idioms and Phrases – Meaning and Examples

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Meaning:

the ordinary people who do not hold any rank or position in an organization

Origin:

This phrase originated from the military personnel formation. The troops will stand in a rank (row), and in file (line).

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Examples:

Jerry is a member of the rank-and-file group, but still they are working hard to move up the ladder.

Your book is so philosophical that it is difficult to penetrate the rank-and-file.

 

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