ca'canny

[ kah-kan-ee, kaw- ]
/ kɑˈkæn i, kɔ- /

noun British Slang.

a deliberate reduction of working speed and production by workers, to express their discontent.

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Origin of ca'canny

First recorded in 1895–1900; literally, “drive gently”; see ca', canny

Words nearby ca'canny

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British Dictionary definitions for ca'canny

ca'canny
/ (ˌkɔːˈkænɪ) /

noun Scot

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 for ca'canny

C19: literally, call canny to drive gently
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