work to rule


work to rule
   British (as an employee)
   to behave at work in a way calculated to obstruct and cause loss
   Trade union jargon for a device which, if successful, allows an employee to be paid while damaging the employer's business by purporting to be following strictly an actual or fictional rule book. Less often as a noun:
    Within months, he was asking me whether we ought not to be writing more about a work-to-rule on the Circle Line of the Underground. (Cole, 1995)
   See also go slow and slowdown1.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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