Origin of short-handed
Related formsshort-hand·ed·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for short-handed
And because the immigration inspector rejected Kahtani, United Airlines Flight 93 was short-handed on 9/11.
He would never reach port, he complained, being so short-handed.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Whatever be the cause, it reduces our short-handed crew still further.The Dealings of Captain Sharkey|A. Conan Doyle
With sails unbent, and short-handed as we were, we could scarcely hope to be able to get under the lee of one of the islands.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston