(the) rank and file


(the) rank and file
the ordinary members of an organization and not its leaders.

The party leadership seems to be losing the support of the rank and file.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • (the) rank and file — the rank and file UK US noun all the members of a group or organization except the leaders or officers The union’s message is popular with the rank and file. Thesaurus: group members and describing group membershyponym Derived Word: rank and file …   Useful english dictionary

  • the rank and file — 1 the officers and the rank and file: OTHER RANKS, soldiers, NCOs, lower ranks; men, troops. 2 a speech appealing to the rank and file: THE (COMMON) PEOPLE, the proletariat, the masses, the populace, the commonality, the commonalty, the third… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the rank and file — UK / US noun all the members of a group or organization except the leaders or officers The union s message is popular with the rank and file. Derived word: rank and file adjective rank and file members of the party …   English dictionary

  • rank and file — ˌrank and ˈfile noun the rank and file the ordinary members of a union, who are not union officials: • So far, leaders are maintaining discipline among the rank and file. rank and file adjective [only before a noun] : • rank and file union… …   Financial and business terms

  • rank-and-file — ˌrank and ˈfile noun the rank and file the ordinary members of a union, who are not union officials: • So far, leaders are maintaining discipline among the rank and file. rank and file adjective [only before a noun] : • rank and file union… …   Financial and business terms

  • rank and file — {n. phr.} Ordinary people; the regular membership of an organization; the enlisted privates in the Army. * /The general usually inspects the rank and file on specific national holidays./ * /The secretary of the association sends letters annually… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rank and file — {n. phr.} Ordinary people; the regular membership of an organization; the enlisted privates in the Army. * /The general usually inspects the rank and file on specific national holidays./ * /The secretary of the association sends letters annually… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rank and file — n the rank and file the ordinary members of an organization rather than the leaders ▪ The rank and file of the party had lost confidence in the leadership. >rank and file adj [only before noun] ▪ the rank and file members of the trade union …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rank´-and-file´ — rank and file, 1. a) common soldiers, not officers, especially those with the rank of corporal or below; ranks. b) the people in a business, labor union, political party, or other institution or group, who are not a part of the management. »Labor …   Useful english dictionary

  • rank and file, the — noun all the members of a group or organization except the leaders or officers: The union s message is popular with the rank and file. ╾ ,rank and file adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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