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1. Lacking the usual or necessary number of workers, employees, or assistants.
2. Sports
a. Having fewer players on the ice or playing area than the opposing team, usually because of a penalty.
b. Scored by a team that is short-handed: a short-handed goal.


1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) lacking the usual or necessary number of assistants, workers, etc
2. (General Sporting Terms) sport US and Canadian with less than the full complement of players
ˌshort-ˈhandedness n


not having the usual or necessary number of workers, helpers, etc.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.short-handed - inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.short-handed - inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.; "they're rather short-handed at the moment"; "overcrowded and understaffed hospitals"
inadequate, unequal - lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task"


[ˈʃɔːtˈhændɪd] ADJfalto de mano de obra/personal


[ˈʃɔːtˈhændɪd] adja corto di personale


(ʃoːt) adjective
1. not long. You look nice with your hair short; Do you think my dress is too short?
2. not tall; smaller than usual. a short man.
3. not lasting long; brief. a short film; in a very short time; I've a very short memory for details.
4. not as much as it should be. When I checked my change, I found it was 20 cents short.
5. (with of) not having enough (money etc). Most of us are short of money these days.
6. (of pastry) made so that it is crisp and crumbles easily.
1. suddenly; abruptly. He stopped short when he saw me.
2. not as far as intended. The shot fell short.
ˈshortness noun
ˈshortage (-tidʒ) noun
a lack; the state of not having enough. a shortage of water.
ˈshorten verb
to make or become shorter. The dress is too long – we'll have to shorten it.
ˈshortening noun
(especially American) the fat used for making pastry.
ˈshortly adverb
soon. He will be here shortly; Shortly after that, the police arrived.
shorts noun plural
short trousers for men or women.
ˈshortbread noun
a kind of crisp, crumbling biscuit.
ˌshort-ˈchange verb
to cheat (a buyer) by giving him too little change.
short circuit the missing out by an electric current of a part of an electrical circuit (verb ˌshort-ˈcircuit)
ˈshortcoming noun
a fault.
ˈshortcut noun
a quicker way between two places. I'm in a hurry – I'll take a shortcut across the field.
ˈshorthand noun
a method of writing rapidly, using strokes, dots etc to represent sounds.
ˌshort-ˈhanded adjective
having fewer workers than are necessary or usual.
ˈshort-list noun
a list of candidates selected from the total number of applicants for a job etc.
to put on a short-list. We've short-listed three of the twenty applicants.
ˌshort-ˈlived (-ˈlivd) , ((American) -ˈlaivd) adjective
living or lasting only for a short time. short-lived insects; short-lived enthusiasm.
ˌshort-ˈrange adjective
1. not reaching a long distance. short-range missiles.
2. not covering a long time. a short-range weather forecast.
ˌshort-ˈsighted adjective
seeing clearly only things that are near. I don't recognize people at a distance because I'm short-sighted.
ˌshort-ˈsightedly adverb
ˌshort-ˈsightedness noun
ˌshort-ˈtempered adjective
easily made angry. My husband is very short-tempered in the mornings.
ˌshort-ˈterm adjective
1. concerned only with the near future. short-term plans.
2. lasting only a short time. a short-term loan.
by a short head
by a very small amount. to win by a short head.
for short
as an abbreviation. His name is Victor, but we call him Vic for short.
go short
to cause oneself not to have enough of something. Save this carton for tomorrow, or else we'll go short (of milk).
in short
in a few words.
in short supply
not available in sufficient quantity. Fresh vegetables are in short supply.
make short work of
to dispose of very quickly. The children made short work of the ice-cream.
run short
1. (of a supply) to become insufficient. Our money is running short.
2. (with of) not to have enough. We're running short of money.
short and sweet
His reply was short and sweet: `Get out!' he shouted.
short for
an abbreviation of. `Phone' is short for `telephone'; What is `Ltd.' short for?
short of
not as far as or as much as. Our total came to just short of $1,000; We stopped five miles short of London.
References in periodicals archive ?
South Korea allowed one more short-handed goal in the second period.
Clan assistant coach Richard Hartmann said: "We were looking good then conceded a short-handed goal and it all went downhill.
Brown and Kopitar have scored eight of the Kings' 16 goals, and they combined for a great defensive play that led to the game-winning short-handed goal in a 3-2 win at Staples Center.
Ryan Suter scored a short-handed goal for the Wild, and goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 shots in his third start of the season.
The Bruins scored first for the eighth straight game with Marchand's short-handed goal 4:15 after the opening faceoff.
Boston almost converted it into a short-handed goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.
He then fired a shot into the top shelf to make it 3-0, before Kelsey Wilson continued his fine start to his Blaze career with a short-handed goal.
The Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, were tied against the Abbotsford Heat when first Steve McCarthy scored a short-handed goal and then Ben Street scored from the faceoff circle.
Zachary Tuchklaper's short-handed goal just 59 seconds into overtime lifted the Yellowstone Quake to a 5-4 NORPAC junior hockey victory over the Eugene Generals on Thursday night.
But the Warriors went back in front as Callum Watson and D J Good linked superbly for a home short-handed goal.
Bombers looked to set up on the power play, but left a break out on for Nottingham's Rob Lachowicz, who seized possession and hit a short-handed goal.
In an end-to-end thriller, the Devils winner came in the second period when in- form Vezio Sacratini fired home a short-handed goal assisted by Mike Garrow.