Definition of short-handed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌSHôrtˈhandəd/


1Not having enough or the usual number of staff or crew: the kitchen was a bit short-handed [as adverb]: because two cashiers were out with the flu, we worked short-handed
More example sentences
  • Staff at St Luke's are short-handed, meaning the ones who are there are having to work in more than one area.
  • According to sources in Ambon, these battalions have been utilised because the army is short-handed.
  • He had checked her records earlier, and the only reason she was hired as a maid was because the staff was really short-handed.
2 Ice Hockey (Of a goal) scored by a team playing with fewer players on the ice than their opponent.
Example sentences
  • Patrik Elias scored a short-handed goal and set up a power-play tally by Grant Marshall for the Devils.
  • Graham Schlender scored two short-handed goals in a single shift.
  • A little less than seven minutes into the second period the Mustangs pulled to within one goal when Sal Peralta scored a short-handed marker.
2.1(Of a situation) occurring while or because a team has fewer than six players on the ice.
Example sentences
  • One would have thought that skaters most often used in the most defensive aspect of the game - in short-handed situations - would be the players most specialized in defensive skills.
  • One would presume that those players who are on the ice during the most pressing defensive situations - the short-handed situations - are those players whose defensive skills are rated the highest by their coaches.
  • It just taxed the Devils, who faced six short-handed situations one night earlier in a 3-1 victory at the New York Rangers.

Words that rhyme with short-handed

backhanded, candid, candied, heavy-handed, high-handed, offhanded, red-handed, unbranded, underhanded

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Syllabification: short-hand·ed

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