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join the ranks of

This page is about the idiom join the ranks of


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