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Pecking order


Dominance hierarchy. Corporate command structure. Poultry have a pecking order within their flock allowing one bird to dominate the others, so the phrase is used to demonstrate any situation with a top to bottom priority rating of participants.

“I lost my spot in the pecking order of the company when the boss hired his son to work and the boy suddenly became vice president.”

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