One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially in the former Soviet Union) a government plan for economic development over five years. The first such plan in the Soviet Union was inaugurated in 1928.
- ‘Its first major initiative is the development of a Five-Year Plan based on a State-wide consultation with families and children.’
- ‘With the intensity of a Stalinist Five-Year Plan the Irish and African workers toil in conditions of ferocious heat.’
- ‘In 1928, Stalin replaced Lenin's New Economic Policy by the first Five-Year Plan.’
- ‘But for all the prosperity that the new USSR has achieved under the leadership of someone who can personally fulfil a Five-Year Plan in minutes, vestiges of the old totalitarianism remain.’
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