Definition of pecking order in English:

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pecking order

(also peck order)


A hierarchy of status seen among members of a group of people or animals, originally as observed among hens: the luxurious office accentuated the manager’s position in the pecking order
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  • The social hierarchies and pecking orders are best revealed through the cell phone calls and text-messaging that the characters almost constantly engage in with each other.
  • They are poorly resourced and have low status in the bureaucratic pecking order.
  • Even after you get in there is a strict pecking order to be observed.

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