That parsing of the pecking order, though, didn't extend to his personal life or interactions with colleagues.
During any other month, that news alone would have signaled a new world order, an upheaval in the pecking order.
In other words, a lot of meeting and greeting that beg the complicated question of pecking protocol: To kiss or not to kiss?
But Cain wrapped himself in every sartorial cliché about authority, pecking order, and religiosity.
At the top of the pecking order are the all-metal, French or French-inspired traditional mandolines with interchangeable blades.
“In your basket, dear,” said Miss Matilda, pecking her sister-in-law softly on the forehead.
The Crow is represented as standing on, and pecking at, the coils of Hydra.
The employers and the employé, instead of throwing a stone at us, ought to be pecking the article in the State prison.
Some hens and ducks had crept through the hedge and were pecking at the fallen apples.
Poor Fairy was wandering restlessly before the closed door, ruffling her feathers, and sometimes flying up and pecking at it.
verbal noun from peck (v.), late 14c. As a behavior among hens, pecking order (1928) translates German hackliste (T.J. Schjelderuo-Ebbe, 1922); transferred sense of "human hierarchy based on rank or status" is from 1955.
late 13c., "dry measure of one-quarter bushel," of unknown origin; perhaps connected with Old French pek, picot (13c.), also of unknown origin (Barnhart says these were borrowed from English). Chiefly of oats for horses; original sense may be "allowance" rather than a fixed measure, thus perhaps from peck (v.).
"act of pecking," 1610s, from peck (v.). It is attested earlier in thieves' slang (1560s) with a sense of "food, grub."