• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rear-rank the hindermost rank of a body of troops
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. riere—L. retro, behind.


In literature:

Get word to, or an interview with, any officer of the rank of Rear Admiral or above.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
A shrapnel burst just as the men moved off and a man dropped in the rear rank.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Before he realized where he was he had driven his pony full into the rear ranks of the restless cattle.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
Both then go to the rear of the tent; the rear rank man adjusts the pole and the front rank man drives the pins.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Then the rear ranks began to telescope into the front ranks.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
The rear ranks, rushing over them, had died of raging thirst, in sight of the water which might have saved them.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
Piercing them through and through, we drove them before us; and they, pressing on the rear-ranks, carried confusion into their midst.
"The Young Llanero" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then we walked slowly along the front ranks and down the rear, with critical eyes.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
As our Brigade re-formed in the rear of the batteries, treble charges of canister swept the woods of the Rebel ranks.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
The Rebel cavalry are harassing our rear ranks continually.
"The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" by George P. Bissell

In poetry:

While around in serried ranks
Rear the bold facades of Banks;
But when wrath of Heaven smites
Hosts of Mammon's parasites,
Mad Maria will not fall,
Being oh so very small.
"Mad Maria" by Robert W Service

In news:

Low-cost carriers topped the rankings of US airlines for being on-time and uniting bags with passengers, while the big guys such as American Airlines brought up the rear, according to a new study of airline quality.
Retired rear admiral, highest-ranking officer to come out, recalls 'living in a fishbowl'.