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thin the ranks

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthin the ranksthin the ranksLESSif something thins the ranks of a group of people, there are fewer of them as a result of it Illness had thinned our ranks. thin
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thin the ranksBut the sector suffered like chemicals and shipping from cyclical downturns in world demand which thinned the ranks.Higher prices have thinned the ranks of prospective home owners.
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