break ranks

volume
folder open
wordList
Close
British pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk ɹˈaŋks/
American pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk ɹˈæŋks/
to break ranks
01

to publicly oppose a group or party that one has been a member of

folder open
wordList
Close
to [break] ranks definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "break ranks" and when to use it?

The idiom "break ranks" has its origins in military terminology and tactics. In a military formation, soldiers stand in a line or formation called ranks. "Breaking ranks" refers to an individual soldier or a group of soldiers deviating from the prescribed formation by stepping out of line or breaking the orderly arrangement. The term has been figuratively extended beyond its military context to describe acts of dissent, rebellion, or disagreement within an organization, group, or team, where someone goes against the established norms or unity.

example
Example
examples
The politician risks backlash by breaking ranks with their party and advocating for a different approach.
If the negotiations fail, the country might break ranks and pursue its own course of action.
The employee bravely breaks ranks and exposes the company's unethical practices.
She broke ranks with her colleagues and spoke out against the discriminatory policies of the organization.
The diplomat broke ranks with their government and revealed classified information to the public.
download-mobile-app
Download Our Mobile App
Langeek Mobile Application
download application
Shareable cards

Definition & Meaning of "To [break] ranks"
Copyright © 2024 Langeek Inc. | All Rights Reserved |Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2024 Langeek Inc.
All Rights Reserved
instagramtelegramlinkedintwitterfacebook
langeek application

Download Mobile App

stars

app store