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  1. not having the usual or necessary number of workers, helpers, etc.
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Origin of short-handed

First recorded in 1615–25
Related formsshort-hand·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for short-handed

insufficient, wanting

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British Dictionary definitions for short-handed


  1. lacking the usual or necessary number of assistants, workers, etc
  2. sport, US and Canadian with less than the full complement of players
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Derived Formsshort-handedness, noun
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