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  1. Eugenia Barnes

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    Definition of 'Pull Rank'

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    Re: Mrs

    That's an idiom. To pull rank means to use the power that your position (usu. your job position) gives you over someone in order to make them do what you want.

    All the best! ;)

  2. BobK's Avatar
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    Re: Mrs

    I'm guessing here, but it seems possible that part of the context behind your question involves the term 'Mrs'. The expression 'pull rank' doesn't only apply to actual ranks - it applies to any kind of status. So a married woman, in your context, might be demanding some kind of respect that she thinks isn't due to an unmarried woman - perhaps she's a 20 year-old newly-wed demanding precedence over her 30-year-old step-daughter. Or the precedence might work the other way: Lady Catherine might be pulling rank over Mrs Bennet.



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