Etymology
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short-handed (adj.)

"having too few 'hands,'" 1794, from short (adj.) + -handed. The ice hockey sense is attested from 1939.

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Definitions of short-handed

short-handed (adj.)
inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.;
they're rather short-handed at the moment
Synonyms: short-staffed / undermanned / understaffed
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