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"work-to-rule" in British English

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work-to-rulenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌwɜːk.təˈruːl/  us   /ˌwɝːk-/

work-to-ruleverb

uk   /ˌwɜːk.təˈruːl/  us   /ˌwɝːk-/
(Definition of work-to-rule from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"work-to-rule" in Business English

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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…
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