short-handed

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Adjective[edit]

short-handed (comparative more short-handed, superlative most short-handed)

  1. Lacking sufficient people or staff, as for a given task or job.
    They frequently found themselves short-handed on weekends.
  2. (team sports) Having, or occurring during an interval with, fewer than a full complement of players on the field, rink, or other venue of play.
    a short-handed goal
    • 1997, John Davidson and John Steinbreder, Hockey for Dummies,[1] John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9780764550454, page 239:
      His final goal was short-handed and came with less than two minutes left.
  3. (poker, of a table) Having fewer than the standard number of players.