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ca'canny

[kah-kan-ee, kaw-]
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noun British Slang.
  1. a deliberate reduction of working speed and production by workers, to express their discontent.

Origin of ca'canny

1895–1900; literally, drive gently; see ca', canny
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British Dictionary definitions for ca'canny

ca'canny

noun Scot
  1. moderation or wariness
    1. a policy of restricting the output of work; a go-slow
    2. (as modifier)a ca'canny policy
See also caa 2

Word Origin

C19: literally, call canny to drive gently
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