Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pecking order

pecking order
Meaning(s)
1) a hierarchy within a group or organization
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    • be high/low in the pecking order
  • Analysis

    'Pecking order' is an organisation within a group where a hierarchy can be observed. This is a colloquial term applied to a hierarchal system of social organisation that was first observed in hens.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The company has a clear pecking order, and those near the top of the line get the biggest perks and bonuses.
    2. I've only been working here for a few months, so I know my place in the pecking order.
    3. I was a long way down the pecking order at the firm, so I never got to handle any of the major accounts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. We have put in place a number of initiatives to cut down on bullying so no child has to feel that they are at the bottom of a pecking order.
    2. I was very low down the pecking order in the team so I didn't get to play as often as the bigger girls.
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