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