work-to-rule

noun

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

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of work-to-rule was in 1920

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“Work-to-rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work-to-rule. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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work-to-rule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of work-to-rule

: 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)

work-to-rule

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Legal Definition of work-to-rule

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

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