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pecking order

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
an informal social system in which some people or groups know they are more or less important than others: There's a clearly established pecking order in this office. He started as a clerk but gradually rose in the pecking order.
Translations of “pecking order”
in Chinese (Traditional) 長幼尊卑制度, 權勢等級…
in Chinese (Simplified) 等级排序…
(Definition of pecking order from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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