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gan·dy dancer

n. Slang
1. A railroad worker.
2. An itinerant laborer.

[Origin unknown.]

gandy dancer

(Railways) slang a railway track maintenance worker
[C20: of uncertain origin]

gan′dy danc`er

(ˈgæn di)
a member of a railroad section gang that lays or maintains track.
[1915–20; of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gandy dancer - a laborer in a railroad maintenance gang
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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