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Meaning of “short-handed” in the English Dictionary

"short-handed" in British English

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(Definition of short-handed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"short-handed" in American English

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short-handedadjective, adverb

 us   /ˈʃɔrtˈhæn·dɪd/
not having the ​usual or ​necessarynumber of ​workers: We’ve got two ​people out ​sick so we’re short-handed today.
(Definition of short-handed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"short-handed" in Business English

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short-handedadjective

(also shorthanded) uk   us   WORKPLACE
not having the usual or necessary ​number of ​workers: The ​industryheads into this crucial ​period shorthanded ​due to a ​paperwork problem.leave sb short-handed The state's crackdown on ​illegalimmigration has ​leftfarmers short-handed.
(Definition of short-handed from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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