ca' canny
noun Etymology: Scots, verb, to proceed cautiously, from ca' (call) + canny careful Date: 1886 British slowdownca' canny intransitive verb, British

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  • ca' canny — see CANNY * * * …   Universalium

  • ca' canny — see CANNY …   English World dictionary

  • ca' canny — I. ˈkȯˈkanē, ˈkäˈ , ˈkȧˈ , i intransitive verb Etymology: ca + canny 1. Scotland : to proceed cautiously : go slow 2. Britain : to work slowly in order to prolong work II …   Useful english dictionary

  • ca'canny — /kah kan ee, kaw /, n. Brit. Slang. a deliberate reduction of working speed and production by workers, to express their discontent. [1895 1900; lit., drive gently; see CA , CANNY] * * * …   Universalium

  • ca'canny — [kα: kani] noun Brit. dated a policy of deliberately limiting output at work. Origin C19 (orig. Scots in the sense proceed warily ): from ca (var. of the verb call) and canny …   English new terms dictionary

  • ca'canny — n. 1 the practice of going slow at work; a trade union policy of limiting output. 2 extreme caution. Etymology: Sc., = proceed warily: see CALL v. 16, CANNY …   Useful english dictionary

  • ca'canny — v. go carefully, go softly; do with moderation, go with caution; slow down; work slowly (Scottish) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ca' canny —   v.i. move cautiously; n. extreme caution; limitation of output by workmen; a. cautious; mean …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • ca’ canny — …   Useful english dictionary

  • canny — [kan′ē] adj. cannier, canniest [< CAN1 + Y3] 1. careful and shrewd in one s actions and dealings; clever and cautious 2. careful with money; thrifty 3. Scot. careful in action; gentle; easy; quiet …   English World dictionary

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