overstaff

verb
over·​staff | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstaf How to pronounce overstaff (audio) \
overstaffed; overstaffing

Definition of overstaff

transitive + intransitive

: to supply (something, such as a business) with too many staff members Flush with funding in the '60s, universities overstaffed their faculties.— Scott Stossel Don't overstaff, as attendees can get intimidated if they have to approach more than three staff.— Tim Stuart-Harris

Other Words from overstaff

overstaffed adjective
a grossly overstaffed organization
overstaffing noun
Most of the overstaffing occurred outside teacher ranks. — Danika Fears

First Known Use of overstaff

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Overstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstaff. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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