rank and file


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general public

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lower ranks

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Synonyms for rank and file

the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

people who constitute the main body of any group

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The sight of men whispering together in small knots or speaking in subdued tones points to disaffection amongst the rank and file.
The voyageurs or boatmen were the rank and file in the service of the trader, and even the hardy "men of the north," those great rufflers and game birds, were fain to be paddled from point to point of their migrations.
I frequently passed the little temples reposing in the shadows of the taboo groves and beheld the offerings--mouldy fruit spread out upon a rude altar, or hanging in half-decayed baskets around some uncouth jolly-looking image; I was present during the continuance of the festival; I daily beheld the grinning idols marshalled rank and file in the Hoolah Hoolah ground, and was often in the habit of meeting those whom I supposed to be the priests.
While thus recruiting the number of rank and file, Mr.
I don't mean the political parties; the rank and file are always roughly honest, and often duped.