pecking order Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pecking order" in British English

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pecking ordernoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
an ​informalsocialsystem in which some ​people or ​groupsknow they are more or less ​important than ​others: There's a ​clearlyestablishedpeckingorder in this ​office. He ​started as a ​clerk but ​graduallyrose in the ​peckingorder.
(Definition of pecking order from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pecking order" in American English

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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)

"pecking order" in Business English

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pecking ordernoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   informal HR
the ​level of ​importance of ​people in a ​socialgroup, at ​work, etc: further/lower down the pecking order Employees are ​lower down the pecking ​order in ​privateequity 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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