American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having fewer staff members than is usual or desirable.
- adj. Not having sufficient members of staff
- adj. inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.
“She tells a story of a man who arrived on a day when it was short-staffed and there was no one to put a tourniquet on his wound.”
“Gates said the foreign troops will still be needed in other areas, and for short-staffed training programs.”
“The hospital emergency room was short-staffed because of the holiday, and there was only one doctor available.”
“The current U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, was established by the U.N. Security Council in 2004 and has been helping Haiti's short-staffed and ill-equipped police to maintain security in the volatile Caribbean state, especially during elections plagued by fraud and violence.”
“Right now, I'm short-staffed, said Larry Jue, a 63-year-old storekeeper working the cash register at his family's 70-year-old grocery store, the Sam Sing & Co. Store.”
“Hospitals are overflowing with patients and many of the facilities are short-staffed.”
“Now, publishing houses are short-staffed, editors are harried, and money is tight.”
“Most funders -- especially short-staffed family and community foundations that often lack the vast resources of large private giving institutions -- barely have time to read the year-end grantee reports they receive, let alone act on any hard lessons contained in them.”
“Giving employees time for open-ended ideas can be expensive, especially with many companies short-staffed, but it may pay off.”
“Because of all the layoffs, Bob is short-staffed and has been doing the work of three other employees plus his own job.”
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