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rank and file

noun [+ sing/pl verb] uk   us  
the ordinary workers in a company or the ordinary members of an organization, and not the leaders: The party's rank and file are beginning to question the prime minister's choice of advisers. [before noun] rank-and-file police officers
Translations of “rank and file”
in Chinese (Traditional) 普通職工, 普通成員, 普通士兵…
in Chinese (Simplified) 普通职工, 普通成员, 普通士兵…
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