Definition of ca'canny in English:

ca'canny

noun

mass nounBritish
dated
  • The policy of deliberately limiting output at work.

    ‘decades of ca'canny and the ingrained habit of go-slow have proved the arch-enemy of socialism’
    • ‘The ca'canny has dealt a paralysing blow to the economy and plunged the export industry into crisis.’
    • ‘When the pressure of wages and despair drive the workers to go on the offensive, they lead to the uniquely British phenomenon of the ca' canny.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally Scots in the sense ‘proceed warily’): from ca' (variant of call (verb)) and canny.

Pronunciation

ca'canny

/kɑːˈkani/