[kah-kan-ee, kaw-]

noun British Slang.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ca'canny


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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