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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…
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