May 7th

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Named after Mao Zedong's directive of 7th May 1966 calling upon all people to study industry, agriculture and military affairs.

Noun[edit]

May 7th (uncountable)

  1. Used attributively to designate various institutions in the People's Republic of China which combine education with manual labour with a view to helping people understand life as a peasant. [from 20th c.]
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 239:
      This was the first leg of his labours. The second began with […] the names of such Shanghainese officials who, in consequence of criminal pro-Russian leanings, had been officially purged, humiliated or sent to a May 7th school to rediscover the virtues of peasant labour.