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skeleton crew

noun [C]  /ˈskel·ɪ·tən ˌkru/ ( also skeleton staff,    /ˈskel·ɪ·tən ˌstæf/)
the smallest number of people needed to keep a business or organization operating: On weekends the hospital has a skeleton staff.
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