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1.
The enlisted troops, excluding officers and leaders. This term comes from military usage, men marching in ranks (e.g. Private, Sergeant) and in files (e.g. single file)
Now I'm standing with the rank and file, I'm marching with the underground, our black hearts worn on our sleeves. Rank-n-File - Anti-Flag
by PunkRockerKodi February 25, 2009
 
2.
working bastards of corporate america working 12 hours a day
Tell the rank and file they need to start work 1/2 hour early if they want a raise in this company...
by itichie_nocanpo September 11, 2006