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pecking ordernoun [C usually sing]

us   /ˈpek·ɪŋ ˌɔr·dər/ infml
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.
(Definition of pecking order from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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pecking ordernoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   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.
(Definition of pecking order from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pecking order”
in Chinese (Simplified) 等级排序…
in Chinese (Traditional) 長幼尊卑制度, 權勢等級…
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