pecking order

pecking order
also peck order noun Date: 1928 1. the basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of retaliation and submits to pecking by one of higher rank; broadly a dominance hierarchy in a group of social animals 2. a social hierarchy

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