join the ranks of

This page is about the idiom 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

a. become idle

b. become rich

c. become rank

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Contributor: Matt Errey