Rank-and-file meaning

The enlisted troops, excluding noncommissioned officers, in an army.
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The people who form the major portion of a group, organization, or society, excluding the leaders and officers.
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The body of soldiers of an army, as distinguished from the officers.
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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.
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Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.
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(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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