1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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.
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“Gandy dancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gandy%20dancer. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.
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