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.
At the top of the pecking order are the all-metal, French or French-inspired traditional mandolines with interchangeable blades.
But Cain wrapped himself in every sartorial cliché about authority, pecking order, and religiosity.
The pecking order of democracy is reduced to this: When the president wants to go, he gets to go.
A hierarchy within a social group or community, in which those members at the top assume positions of leadership, authority, and power. The expression originated from a description of social behavior among chickens, which attack each other by pecking to establish dominance.