Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “work-to-rule”

See all translations

work-to-rule

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
/ˌwɜːktəˈruːl/ UK ( US work-to-contract)
WORKPLACE a situation in which employees only do as much work as their contracts say they must do, as a way of showing that they are unhappy about pay, conditions, etc., but do not strike (= stop working completely): On Thursday the airline had to charter 10 aircraft to counter industrial action by its pilots, who are on a work-to-rule.
Translations of “work-to-rule”
in Chinese (Traditional) (嚴格按章工作有意減少工作量的)按章怠工…
in Chinese (Simplified) (严格按章工作有意减少工作量的)变相怠工…
(Definition of work-to-rule from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of work-to-rule?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “work-to-rule” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More