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Stakhanovite

[stuh-kah-nuh-vahyt, -kan-uh-] /stəˈkɑ nəˌvaɪt, -ˈkæn ə-/
noun
1.
a worker in the Soviet Union who regularly surpassed production quotas and was specially honored and rewarded.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a Stakhanovite or to Stakhanovism.
Origin
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
1935, from Soviet coal miner Aleksei Grigorevich Stakhanov (1906-77). In ref. 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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