I'm quite puzzled by the word "levelling" in the following sentences. What does it mean in the following sentence?

Above all, there is something about the curious business of chewing and swallowing together that is levelling; it is easier to work out if you like someone when eating than when eyeball to eyeball in an interview room. source


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"Levelling" probably means that people are put on the same level, as opposed to one being a superior and one being an inferior.
It's easier to decide whether you like someone when engaged in an activity that is shared between humans as equals.

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