noun Chiefly British.

a work slowdown, as in sympathy with strikers or as a protest.

Nearby words

  1. go-juice,
  2. go-kart,
  3. go-moku,
  4. go-ped,
  5. go-round,
  6. go-to,
  7. go-to-meeting,
  8. go-train,
  9. go/no-go,
  10. goa

Origin of go-slow

First recorded in 1925–30

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Examples from the Web for go-slow

  • I suppose you delivered the driver his go-slow order with a large-sized wink and he savvied what you meant.

    Air Men o' War|Boyd Cable
  • The “go-slow” policy was, however, introduced during the later stages of the war, and caused considerable inconvenience.

British Dictionary definitions for go-slow



  1. a deliberate slackening of the rate of production by organized labour as a tactic in industrial conflict
  2. (as modifier)go-slow tactics
US and Canadian equivalent: slowdown

verb go slow

(intr) to work deliberately slowly as a tactic in industrial conflict
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