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English definition of “break ranks”

break ranks

to publicly show disagreement or criticism of the group that you belong to: His medical colleagues advised him not to break ranks by talking about the hospital's problems to the newspapers.Disloyalty, betrayal and treason
(Definition of break ranks from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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