nounNorth American informal
A track maintenance worker on a railway.
- 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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