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gandy dancer

[ gan-dee ]
/ ˈgæn di /
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noun Railroads Slang.
a member of a railroad section gang that lays or maintains track.
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Origin of gandy dancer

1915–20; dancer apparently in reference to the rhythmic movements characteristic of such work; gandy is unexplained; the existence of a Gandy Manufacturing Company, which supposedly produced tools used by section gangs, has not been substantiated

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British Dictionary definitions for gandy dancer

gandy dancer
/ (ˈɡændɪ) /

noun
slang a railway track maintenance worker

Word Origin for gandy dancer

C20: of uncertain origin
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