work-to-rule Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “work-to-rule” in the English Dictionary

"work-to-rule" in British English

See all translations

work-to-rulenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌwɜːk.təˈruːl/  us   /ˌwɝːk-/
a ​situation in which ​peoplecarefullyobey all the ​rules and ​instructions given to them about ​theirjobs, with the ​intention of ​reducing the ​amount of ​work they do: A work-to-rule is ​seen as a way to ​protest against ​lowpay or ​badworkingconditions.

work-to-ruleverb

uk   /ˌwɜːk.təˈruːl/  us   /ˌwɝːk-/
work to rule UK to ​arrange and ​perform a work-to-rule: So ​far, the ​refusecollectors have not resorted to a ​strike but are ​working to ​rule.
(Definition of work-to-rule from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"work-to-rule" in Business English

See all translations

work-to-rulenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /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 (= ​stopworking completely): On Thursday the ​airline had to ​charter 10 ​aircraft to ​counterindustrialaction by its ​pilots, who are on a work-to-rule.
(Definition of work-to-rule from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “work-to-rule”
in Chinese (Simplified) (严格按章工作有意减少工作量的)变相怠工…
in Chinese (Traditional) (嚴格按章工作有意減少工作量的)按章怠工…
What is the pronunciation of work-to-rule?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

forage

to go from place to place searching, especially for food

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More