a generally linear chain of power, status, and privilege which surpasses all others in some establishments and cultural groups. The expression stems from views of typical trends of dominant behavior in chickens and other animals.

PECKING ORDER: "The general pecking order existing in many professional environments is highly unappreciated by many at times."
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