canny [kan′ē]
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
4. [Brit. Dial.] good; nice; fine
Scot. in a canny or cautious manner
in a canny or cautious manner
ca' canny [käkan′ē, kôkan′me]
1. Scot. call “canny”; hence, go cautiously
2. Brit. slowing down at work [a ca' canny policy]

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