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English definition of “rank and file”

rank and file

noun [+ sing/pl verb]    
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 Ordinary people
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