short-handed UK US (also shorthanded) adjective WORKPLACE
not having the usual or necessary number of workers: »

The industry heads into this crucial period shorthanded due to a paperwork problem.

leave sb short-handed »

The state's crackdown on illegal immigration has left farmers short-handed.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • short-handed — [shôrt′han′did] adj. short of workers or helpers short handedness n …   English World dictionary

  • Short-handed — Short hand ed, a. Short of, or lacking the regular number of, servants or helpers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • short-handed — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ without enough or the usual number of staff or crew …   English terms dictionary

  • Short handed — Shorthanded is a term used in ice hockey and refers to having fewer skaters on the ice during play, as a result of a penalty. The player removed from play serves the penalty in the penalty box for a set amount of time proportional to the severity …   Wikipedia

  • short-handed — also shorthanded ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If a company, organization, or group is short handed, it does not have enough people to work on a particular job or for a particular purpose. We re actually a bit short handed at the moment. Syn: short… …   English dictionary

  • short-handed — Underhanded Un der*hand ed, a. 1. Underhand; clandestine. [1913 Webster] 2. Insufficiently provided with hands or workers; short handed; sparsely populated; obsolete in this sense, {short handed} or {understaffed} being the preferrred term. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • short-handed — adjective a) Lacking sufficient people or staff, as for a given task or job. They frequently found themselves short handed on weekends. b) Having, or occurring during an interval with, fewer than a full complement of players on the field …   Wiktionary

  • short-handed — adjective inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc. they re rather short handed at the moment overcrowded and understaffed hospitals • Syn: ↑short staffed, ↑undermanned, ↑understaffed • Similar to: ↑inadequate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • short handed — adjective having fewer players than are normally involved in a game of that type With only six players that Texas hold em game is short handed …   Wiktionary

  • short-handed — short handedness, n. /shawrt han did/, adj. not having the usual or necessary number of workers, helpers, etc. [1615 25] * * * …   Universalium

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