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 Rank distinguished by Colour.Ran’tipole (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ranks.
 
Risen from the ranks. From mean origin; a self-made man. A military term applied to an officer who once served as a private soldier. Such an officer is now often called a “ranker.”   1
 


 Rank distinguished by Colour.Ran’tipole (3 syl.). 

 
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