gandy dancer

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noun gan·dy dancer \ˈgan-dē-\

Definition of gandy dancer

  1. 1 :  a laborer in a railroad section gang

  2. 2 :  an itinerant or seasonal laborer

Origin and Etymology of gandy dancer

of obscure origin Claims that gandy refers to a “Gandy Manufacturing Company” or “Gandy Tool Company,” a supposed maker of section worker tools, have never been substantiated and are probably specious.


First Known Use: 1915

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