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Stakhanovite

[stuh-kah-nuh-vahyt, -kan-uh-]
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noun
  1. a worker in the Soviet Union who regularly surpassed production quotas and was specially honored and rewarded.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a Stakhanovite or to Stakhanovism.
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Origin of Stakhanovite

translation of Russian stakhánovets (1935), after Alekseǐ Grigorʾevich Stakhanov (1906–77), Soviet coal miner, whose productivity was the focus of a propaganda campaign; see -ite1
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Stakhanovite

n.

1935, from name of hard-working Soviet coal miner Aleksei Grigorevich Stakhanov (1906-1977), in reference to an efficiency system in which workers increase their piecework production and are rewarded with bonuses and privileges. Soviet authorities publicized his prodigious output as part of a campaign to increase productivity.

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