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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)

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rank and filenoun [S]

uk   us  
the ordinary ​members of an ​organization who do not have ​seniorpositions: Stories have ​started to ​circulate among the ​rank and ​file about tension ​mounting inside the ​unionoffices. She remains ​trusted and popular with the ​partyrank 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)
Translations of “rank and file”
in Chinese (Simplified) 普通职工, 普通成员, 普通士兵…
in Chinese (Traditional) 普通職工, 普通成員, 普通士兵…
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