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pecking order

noun [C usually sing]  /ˈpek·ɪŋ ˌɔr·dər/ infml us  
the order of importance of people in a group: The teachers are so low in the social and economic pecking order that nobody listens to them.
Translations of “pecking order”
in Chinese (Traditional) 長幼尊卑制度, 權勢等級…
in Chinese (Simplified) 等级排序…
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