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[gan-dee] /ˈgæn di/

noun, Railroads Slang.
a member of a railroad section gang that lays or maintains track.
(slang) a railway track maintenance worker

“railroad maintenance worker,” 1918, American English slang, of unknown origin; dancer perhaps from movements required in the work of tamping down ties or pumping a hand-cart, gandy perhaps from the name of a machinery belt company in Baltimore, Maryland.

noun phrase

[origin unknown; a 1935 source says that the third sense was ”mentioned by George Borrow in his descriptions of early nineteenth-century street fairs”]


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