Definition of gandy dancer in English:

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gandy dancer

Pronunciation: /ˈɡandē ˌdansər/


North American informal
A track maintenance worker on a railroad.
Example sentences
  • If I were a hobo I would call myself a gandy dancer, whether I worked for the railroad or not.
  • And, I'd see the gandy dancers coming down the tracks setting the rails and getting their ties straight.
  • The gandy dancers' expertise in railroad track maintenance and their work song tradition is unparalleled.


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: gan·dy danc·er

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