Meaning of “rank and file” in the English Dictionary

"rank and file" in American English

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rank and filenoun [ U ]

us /ˈræŋk ən ˈfɑɪl/

soldiers who are not officers, or the members of an organization who are not part of the leadership

(Definition of “rank and file” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rank and file" in Business English

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rank and filenoun [ S ]

uk us

the ordinary members of an organization who do not have senior positions:

Stories have started to circulate among the rank and file about tension mounting inside the union offices.
She remains trusted and popular with the party rank and file.
rank-and-file
adjective [ before noun ]

rank-and-file employees/members/workers

(Definition of “rank and file” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)