Definition of 'rank and file'
Example sentences containing 'rank and file'
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The cuts are a heavy blow for the army 's rank and file. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Labour 's rank and file are rejoicing. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
You begin as a rank-and-file member of an infantry unit. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Unions and rank-and-file members make up the rest. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Pastors seem to be more sure of what life is all about than do rank-and-file church members. Christianity Today (2000)Undercover cops use similar gadgets but this is the first conviction involving a rank-and-file officer. The Sun (2006)In a fully automatic factory there may be almost no rank-and-file employees at all. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)It will focus on bringing in rank-and-file soldiers and junior commanders. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The business is also entrenched in a bitter war over plans to reduce retirement benefits for rank-and-file workers. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The greenest companies also have the greenest bosses and rank-and-file employees look to them to show the way. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It is amazing what a bit of skin in the game can do for the motivation of rank-and-file employees. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Course offerings also tend to be biased toward the needs of supervisory and managerial personnel at the expense of rank-and-file employees. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)So rank-and-file union members may end up out of pocket, too. The Sun (2011)
Translations for 'rank and file'
British English: rank and file NOUN
The rank and file are the ordinary members of an organization or the ordinary workers in a company, as opposed to its leaders or managers.
There was widespread support for him among the rank and file.
Definition of rank and file from the Collins English Dictionary
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