Definition of ca'canny in US English:

ca'canny

noun

British
dated
  • The policy of deliberately limiting output at work.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ca'canny has dealt a paralysing blow to the economy and plunged the export industry into crisis.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ca'canny

/kaˈkanē/