Definition of shock worker in English:

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shock worker


(In the former Soviet Union) a worker whose group exceeded production quotas and was assigned to a particularly urgent or arduous task.
Example sentences
  • During the first five-year plan, Soviet workers who exceeded their production quotas were designated as ‘shock workers‘[udarniki] and given special incentives and awards.
  • It recognized tens of thousands of women in retailing as labor heroes: exemplary workers, shock workers, and Stakhanovites.
  • The state wanted them to be literary shock workers, but they wished to remain artists.

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Syllabification: shock work·er

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