pecking order

noun

Definition of pecking order

  1. 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. 2 :  a social hierarchy

Examples of pecking order in a sentence

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

  2. the pecking order of Washington politics

1928

First Known Use of pecking order

1928

Variants of pecking order

less commonly

peck order


PECKING ORDER Defined for English Language Learners

pecking order

noun

Definition of pecking order for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

pecking order

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noun peck·ing order \ˈpek-iŋ-ˌ\

Medical 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—compare cannibalism 3, dominance a

Variants of pecking order

also

peck order

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