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pecking order

noun

: the way in which people or things in a group or organization are placed in a series of levels with different importance or status

Full Definition of PECKING ORDER

1
:  the basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of retaliation and submits to pecking by one of higher rank; broadly :  a dominance hierarchy in a group of social animals
2
:  a social hierarchy

Variants of PECKING ORDER

pecking order also peck order

Examples of PECKING ORDER

  1. As an assistant manager, he was pretty low in the company's pecking order.
  2. the pecking order of Washington politics

First Known Use of PECKING ORDER

1928
Medical Dictionary

pecking order

noun peck·ing order \ˈpek-iŋ-ˌ\

Medical Definition of PECKING ORDER

:  the basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of retaliation and submits to pecking by one of higher rank—compare cannibalism 3, dominance a

Variants of PECKING ORDER

peck·ing order also peck order \ˈpek-ˌ\

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