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rank and file - negative connotation??

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does the phrase "rank and file" carry a negative connotation when it's used like such: "i don't speak with the rank and file."?

i think it does. what do you guys think?
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It depends on context. The phrase you cited could be offensive, demonstrating that someone thinks they're better than the subordinates.

Though you can also use it to express that a group is disciplined and cohesive, or to refer to military-like behavior of a group. That isn't a necessarily a bad thing.
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