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peck·ing order

(pĕk′ĭng)
n.
1. A hierarchy among a group, as of people, classes, or nations: "The astronauts had developed a pecking order that was military in its rigidity" (Tom Wolfe).
2. The social hierarchy in a flock of domestic fowl in which each bird pecks subordinate birds and submits to being pecked by dominant birds.
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pecking order

n
1. (Zoology) Also called: peck order a natural hierarchy in a group of gregarious birds, such as domestic fowl
2. any hierarchical order, as among people in a particular group
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peck′ing or`der


n.
1. Also, peck′ or`der. a dominance hierarchy of domestic poultry in which each bird's status is maintained by pecking a bird of lower status.
2. a hierarchy of status or authority in a social group.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pecking order - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
governance, governing body, organisation, administration, brass, establishment, organization - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
hierarch - a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy
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Translations

pecking order

[ˈpekɪŋˈɔːdəʳ] N (fig) → jerarquía f
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pecking order

n (lit, fig)Hackordnung f
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pecking order

[ˈpɛkɪŋˌɔːdəʳ] n (fig) → ordine m gerarchico
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References in periodicals archive ?
Of course, "pecking orders" stretch beyond birds and their prey to our own society.
He sees pecking orders, job titles and salaries for what they really are.
This category of responses, as well as social "pecking orders" that influence access to food and other resources, may have evolved to rein in aggression and violence in primate groups, he contends.