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skeleton crewnoun [C]

 /ˈskel·ɪ·tən ˌkru/ (also skeleton staff,  us   /ˈskel·ɪ·tən ˌstæf/ )
the ​smallestnumber of ​peopleneeded to ​keep a ​business or ​organizationoperating: On ​weekends the ​hospital has a skeleton staff.
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