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.
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However, as said, we all inevitably find ourselves in some kind of pecking order, whether we are at or near the top or closer to the bottom.
Jobson also commented on Princess Diana's pecking order, saying that seniority was based on who got on with her, and that the person who really did well was her former butler, Paul Burrell.
In an attempt to bridge the gap in existing research, this paper is aimed at finding whether the Tradeoff theory, by borrowing to maintain an optimal debt ratio, or the Pecking order theory, borrowing when internal funds are enough not sufficient, presents a relevant explanation of debt taking the behavior of firms.
Of course, "pecking orders" stretch beyond birds and their prey to our own society.
The pecking order debate is playing out in two arenas: one, the 21,000-SF Arkansas Annex at 514 Main St.
But he has slipped down the pecking order and after being handed a clean slate under head coach Steve McClaren has not unable to force his way into the team.
But when you think at the top of America's pecking order their leading lady is reality star Kim Kardashian, made famous by a sex tape, what chance does a mere knight of the realm really have?
It's not only when food is in short supply that we witness the literal meaning of 'pecking order'.
Pavlyuchenko (pictured) has voiced his desire to leave White Hart Lane on a number of occasions this season after the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor and the form of Rafael van der Vaart saw him drop down the pecking order at the north London club.