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reduce someone to the ranks

Definition of reduce someone to the ranks in English:

Demote a non-commissioned officer to an ordinary soldier: the platoon consisted of ex-NCOs who had been reduced to the ranks for various offences
demote, downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status;
abase, humble, demean, belittle, humiliate, bring low
North American informal bust
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