from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A job action in which employees do no more than the minimum required by the rules of a workplace in order to cause a slowdown.

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  • verb idiomatic To work slowly by strictly following all work rules, usually in a work-to-rule job action, as part of unionized labor protest.
  • noun Job action consisting of working to rule.

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  • noun a job action in which workers cause a slowdown by doing only the minimum amount required by the rules of the workplace


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