from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of peck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as place-brick.
- n. plural Pieces pecked or knocked off.
- n. The sport of throwing pebbles at birds to bring them down.
- n. They crossed a road soon afterwards, and there close to them lay a heap of charming pebbles. “Look here,” shouted East, “here's luck! I've been longing for some good honest pecking this half-hour. Let's fill the bags, and have no more of this foozling bird's-nesting.”
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I’m probably not unique in making this mistake, but in modern American middle-class experience one hears the term pecking order and one reflexively locates oneself right smack, well, in the middle.
"Sixth, seventh and eighth grade is where what I call the pecking order starts to be established."
"Talons are for hunting, or for hunting & pecking" is fabulous!!
So when birds begin pecking out the hero’s eyes in Anansi Boys, it comes as a surprise when you start to laugh.
At the top of this designation pecking order is the CFP designation.
What kind of pecking order rules apply when FOX anchors and pundits fight over who gets to smell her chair first after an appearence?
I think show business is ideally suited for heterosexuals, it's a very heterosexual business, it's run mostly by heterosexual men, and there's a kind of pecking order.
Really though, it's a call to preserve the nude locker space - a space in which men apparently *need* to be able to wander around nude, presumably either to air their bits or to reinforce some kind of pecking order based on the size of their pecker sorry, I had to go there.
(Academics tend to care a great deal about this kind of pecking order, given that prestige is the main coin with which they are paid.)
"Birds in their little nests agree," sang Beth, the peacemaker, with such a funny face that both sharp voices softened to a laugh, and the "pecking" ended for that time.