rank and file

rank and file (uncountable)

  1. Enlisted soldiers in a military organization, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.
  2. (idiomatic) Members of an organization who are not in leadership positions.
    The executives attend meetings in exotic locations while the rank and file stays at headquarters doing the bulk of the work.
Translations Translations
  • German: die breite Masse, Fußvolk , Basis , die niederen Ränge
  • Italian: bassa forza

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