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down tools

To refuse to work, usually in an attempt to force improvement in one's working conditions. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Sir, I'm afraid the workers will down tools if we don't offer them a better contract.
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down tools

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lay down tools

BRITISH
If a group of people down tools or lay down tools, they stop working, often in order to protest about something. In August, the workers at this shipyard downed tools and went on strike for pay increases. Metal workers, engineers, waiters and cooks are among those who have laid down tools this week.
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down tools

stop work, typically as a form of industrial action. British informal
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ˌdown ˈtools

(British English) stop work, either at the end of the day or to go on strike: The workers have threatened to down tools as a protest against the dismissals.
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The one thing I am not going to do is lay down tools because I am saying to the players they have to fight until the end.
I'm not going to lay down tools. WEST BROM Next Fixtures Sat B'mouth (a) Prem Mar 31 West Brom (h) Prem Apr 7 Swansea (h) Prem LEICESTER Next Fixtures Sun Chelsea (h) FA Cup Mar 31 Brighton (a) Prem Sat 7 Newcastle (h) Prem mirror.co.uk/sport/football
"The one thing I'm not going to do is lay down tools. I'll continue to fight.
It was a seventh defeat in a row - Albion's worst run in 15 years - but Pardew said: "The one thing I'm not going to do is lay down tools."
"The one thing I'm not going to do is what I said on Thursday, is I'm not going to lay down tools," he added.
Maybe if his job was low paid, like the people who did go on strike, he would be the first to lay down tools.
Firms are required to allow employees to lay down tools between 12.30pm and 3pm if they work outside.