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join the ranks of

Meaning: If someone joins the ranks of a group or class of people, they become part of that group.

For example:

  • Because of the economic slowdown, more and more people are losing their jobs and joining the ranks of the unemployed.

  • In a few years our country should be able to join the ranks of the world's most developed nations.

Quick Quiz:

Ian's goal in life is to join the ranks of the idle rich, but first he has to
  1. become idle
  2. become rich
  3. become rank

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