rank and file
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- 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.
- 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
- First, a prominent Tory called the party’s rank and file “swivel-eyed loons.” Then the populist politician Nigel Farage called Prime Minister David Cameron and his Tory-led government “a bunch of college kids.”
ordinary members of an organisation