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English definition of “short-handed”

short-handed

adjective uk   /ˌʃɔːtˈhæn.dɪd/ us    /ˌʃɔːrt-/ (UK also short-staffed)
If a company or organization is short-handed, it does not have the usual or necessary number of workers: Some hospitals are so short-handed that doctors have to work 20-hour shifts.Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work
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