Rank And File Definition

The body of soldiers of an army, as distinguished from the officers.
Webster's New World
The common people, as distinguished from leaders or officials; specif., the ordinary members of a labor union, political party, etc., as opposed to its leaders.
Webster's New World

Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.


(idiomatic) Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.

The executives attend meetings in exotic locations while the rank and file stays at headquarters doing the bulk of the work.

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