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Meaning of “break ranks” in the English Dictionary

"break ranks" in British English

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break ranks

to ​publicly show ​disagreement or ​criticism of the ​group that you ​belong to: His ​medicalcolleaguesadvised him not to break ​ranks by ​talking about the hospital's ​problems to the ​newspapers.
(Definition of break ranks from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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