Pecking-order meaning

pĕkĭng
A hierarchy among a group, as of people, classes, or nations.
noun
0
0
The social hierarchy in a flock of domestic fowl in which each bird pecks subordinate birds and submits to being pecked by dominant birds.
noun
0
0
A hierarchy among birds, as a flock of hens, based on aggressive pecking in which the most dominant bird pecks all others, the second most dominant bird pecks all others except the most dominant, etc.
noun
0
0
A hierarchy of the members of any group according to relative power, importance, etc.

The office pecking order.

noun
0
0
The usually informal hierarchy of authority or command, often partial or approximate, as determined by the especially natural propensity for domination of different members of a specific group over each other, such as older brothers and sisters over their younger siblings.
noun
0
0
Advertisement