work-to-rule


work–to–rule

noun

: the practice by workers of refusing to do any work that is not strictly required as a part of their jobs in order to protest something (such as unfair working conditions)

Full Definition of WORK-TO-RULE

:  the practice of working to the strictest interpretation of the rules as a job action

First Known Use of WORK-TO-RULE

1950

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