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English definition of “pecking order”

pecking order

noun [C, usually singular]     informal HR
the level of importance of people in a social group, at work, etc: further/lower down the pecking order Employees are lower down the pecking order in private equity than shareholders.at the bottom/top of the pecking order As one of many creditors, Mr Dixon is at the bottom of the pecking order.
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