Definition of ca'canny in English:

ca'canny

noun

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

    ‘the tendency has been to blame the low productivity of industry upon the slackness or ca'canny of the workers’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

ca'canny

/kaˈkanē/ /kæˈkæni/

Origin

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