gandy dancer

noun gan·dy dancer \ ˈgan-dē- \

Definition of gandy dancer

1 :a laborer in a railroad section gang
2 :an itinerant or seasonal laborer

Origin and Etymology of gandy dancer

of obscure origin
Note: 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.


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