Origin of go-slow

First recorded in 1925–30
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Historical Examples of go-slow

  • The “go-slow” policy was, however, introduced during the later stages of the war, and caused considerable inconvenience.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for go-slow


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