pecking order

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pecking order

a natural hierarchy in a group of gregarious birds, such as domestic fowl

pecking order

[′pek·iŋ ‚ȯr·dər]
(psychology)
A social hierarchy of prestige, dominance, or authority.
(vertebrate zoology)
A hierarchy of social dominance within a flock of poultry where each bird is allowed to peck another lower in the scale and must submit to pecking by one of higher rank.