- a scanty allowance of food.
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Examples from the Web for short-commons
In the morning, some one must go to market, else there will be short-commons.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
Of course the homes in Piefinch Cut, and similar small homes not in the Cut, went on short-commons.Johnny Ludlow, Third Series
Mrs. Henry Wood