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English definition of “work-to-rule”

work-to-rule

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌwɜːk.təˈruːl/ US  /ˌwɝːk-/
a situation in which people carefully obey all the rules and instructions given to them about their jobs, with the intention of reducing the amount of work they do: A work-to-rule is seen as a way to protest against low pay or bad working conditions.Industrial action
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