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  1. Gang of Four(ProperNoun)

    A leftist political faction composed of four Chinese Communist Party officials that came to prominence during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

  2. Gang of Four(ProperNoun)

    Any group people (usually four) who are working together towards a common goal and whose behaviour is under suspicion.

  3. Origin: From 四人幫


  1. Gang of Four

    The Gang of Four was the name given to a political faction composed of four Chinese Communist Party officials. They came to prominence during the Cultural Revolution and were subsequently charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The members consisted of Mao Zedong's last wife Jiang Qing, the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. The Gang of Four effectively controlled the power organs of the Communist Party of China through the latter stages of the Cultural Revolution, although it remains unclear which major decisions were made through Mao Zedong and carried out by the Gang, and which were the result of the Gang of Four's own planning. The Gang of Four, together with disgraced Communist general Lin Biao, were labeled the two major "counter-revolutionary forces" of the Cultural Revolution and officially blamed by the Chinese government for the worst excesses of the societal chaos that ensued during the ten years of turmoil. Their downfall in a coup d'état on October 6, 1976, a mere month after Mao's death, brought about major celebrations on the streets of Beijing and marked the end of a turbulent political era in China.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. Gang of Four

    (also abbreviated GOF) [prob. a play on the ‘Gang Of Four’ who briefly ran Communist China after the death of Mao] Describes either the authors or the book Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software published in 1995 by Addison-Wesley (ISBN 0-201-63361-2). The authors forming the Gang Of Four are Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides. They are also sometimes referred to as ‘Gamma et. al.’ The authors state at http://www.hillside.net/patter/definition/GOF “Why are we ... called this? Who knows. Somehow the name just stuck.” The term is also used to describe any of the design patterns that are used in the book, referring to the patterns within it as ‘Gang Of Four Patterns.’

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gang of four in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gang of four in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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