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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Star Trek may have made him a celebrity in the US, but Patrick Stewart was still way down the Hollywood pecking order
Among these theories, the most heavily discussed and empirically tested theories are the trade-off theory and the pecking order theory.
Then we'll discover a new pecKing order when those fighting cocKs organise their flocKs into legions and fight bacK against the tyranny under which they have lived for years.
In explaining firms' financing behavior, the pecking order theory has become a widely debated model of capital structure choice.
A teoria do pecking order prescreve que as empresas optam por recursos de forma hierarquica, selecionando inicialmente as fontes internas e posteriormente as externas de maior facilidade e menor custo, e finalmente as externas de maior dificuldade e maior custo.
The Germany defender has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu and Wenger needs to bolster his defence after selling Philippe Senderos to AC Milan and seeing new signing Mikael Silvestre pick up an injury the moment he walked into the club from Manchester United.
Thankfully Il Warrd was one and given the high position he takes in the pecking order at the yard of Marcus Tregoning (left) it was heartening to see the Pivotal colt (13-2) draw four and a half lengths clear under Martin Dwyer.
As Taylor acquaints us with the pecking order in his school, his parents' conversations and escalating arguments, his struggle with his stammer, his hero worship of his older cousin, the prejudice and ignorance of his adult acquaintances, his first crush and first serious ethical dilemma, every word rings true.
Rubber plantations have a variety of agricultural options they can substitute, and petroleum derived synthetic rubbers can be pushed further down in the pecking order when supplies get tight.
5m man Iestyn Harris led to him going down the fly-half pecking order.
Things that will continue to whet the golf fan's appetite for the day a man-to-man showdown changes the pecking order between the two California natives.