rank and file

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The enlisted troops, excluding noncommissioned officers, in an army.
  • noun The people who form the major portion of a group, organization, or society, excluding the leaders and officers.

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  • noun Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.
  • noun idiomatic Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun people who constitute the main body of any group
  • noun the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

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