Definition of rank and file in English:

rank and file

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noun

[treated as plural] (the rank and file)
The ordinary members of an organization as opposed to its leaders: the rank and file of the Labour Party [as modifier]: rank-and-file members
More example sentences
  • It cannot be said with certainty that such political moves benefited the rank and file.
  • Panday has himself stated that this is a matter for the rank and file to decide.
  • There is no burning desire by the rank and file members of a party to take part in the selection processes.
Synonyms

Origin

referring to the ‘ranks’ and ‘files’ into which privates and non-commissioned officers form on parade.

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