(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
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of pecking order in:
- The British & World English dictionary