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ca'canny Syllabification: ca'can·ny
Pronunciation: /kaˈkanē/

Definition of ca'canny in English:


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


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

Words that rhyme with ca'canny

Annie, canny, cranny, Danny, granny, nanny, tranny

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