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pecking order

The hierarchy within a group or organization. There's definitely a pecking order in this company, and you're not going to do well if you don't know your place.
See also: order, peck

pecking order

The hierarchy of authority in a group, as in On a space mission, the astronauts have a definite pecking order. This expression, invented in the 1920s by biologists who discovered that domestic poultry maintain such a hierarchy with one bird pecking another of lower status, was transferred to human behavior in the 1950s.
See also: order, peck

the pecking order

COMMON The pecking order in a group is the order of importance of the people or things within that group. Offices came in 29 sizes, according to your place in the company's pecking order. The British Medical Association issued a warning that doctors may be forced to draw up a pecking order of operations. Note: When groups of hens are kept together, a `pecking order' tends to form. This means that a stronger bird can peck a weaker bird without being pecked in return.
See also: order, peck

pecking order

a hierarchy of status observed among a group of people or animals.
The expression originally referred literally to chickens and other birds, the more dominant of which in a group get to feed before the others.
See also: order, peck

a/the ˈpecking order

(informal, often humorous) the way a group is organized, with some members being more important or powerful than others: You don’t get a company car unless you’re pretty high up in the pecking order.This expression was first used by a scientist in the 1920s after studying groups of birds; he noticed there was an order when birds were feeding, with the strongest birds eating first.
See also: order, peck
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A major twist in testing the pecking order theory came with the study by Shyam-Sunder and Myers (1999).
We hypothesize that the pecking order test yields coefficients reasonably close to unity for firms with "normal" deficits, but expect lower coefficients for firms with larger deficits as these firms are more likely to reach their debt capacity.
The most serious problem with The Pecking Order is not the finding that families matter in determining the fate of their offspring.
The observed pecking order of demand for finance (internal equity; short-term debt; long-term debt; external equity) is argued to be a response to imperfect markets characterised by information asymmetries (Myers, 1984; Myers and Majluf, 1984).
Their parents, meanwhile, obsessed with what Barbara Ehrenreich brilliantly diagnosed as the "Fear of Falling," help them understand the pecking order based on the fine gradations between a Toyota Camry, a Ford Expedition, and a Lexus.
The hens, arriving early from the day's pickings, circle a few times around the henhouse floor and arrange themselves in the current pecking order.
These observations gave rise to the pecking order theory (POT) introduced by Myers (1984).
In addition, Northern Ontario dealers are last on the pecking order when it comes to receiving goods warehoused in the south.
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He was a regular throughout his first two seasons on Merseyside, but fell down the pecking order after a long-term knee injury during the 2013/14 campaign.
RYAN Bertrand believes he deserves to be higher up the England pecking order and has pledged to prove his worth to manager Roy Hodgson.
He found himself behind Fabio and rafael Da silva, as well as John o'shea, in the pecking order for the right-back spot in the final weeks of the season.
ENGLAND: Dan Cole is already England's number one tight-head prop and he has the chance against Italy on Saturday to prove he should also be top of Leicester's pecking order.
But he refused to pick out a pecking order, explaining the emphasis could shift depending on form and injury.