Meaning of “skeleton crew” in the English Dictionary

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"skeleton crew" in American English

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skeleton crewnoun [ C ]

/ˈskel·ɪ·tən ˌkru/ also skeleton staff, us /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.

(Definition of “skeleton crew” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)