: having fewer than the usual number of people available
The department is short-staffed.
a short-staffed hospital

Examples of short-staffed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An expert panel assembled to address the issue identified multiple issues contributing to the incidents, including inconsistent funding, outdated technology, short-staffed air traffic control towers and onerous training requirements. Melissa Alonso, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 Golden State faced another one of those short-staffed teams in the Kaseya Center, as the hosting Heat were missing five rotation players. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Gonzales’ attorney, Michael Conger, said his client’s account of staffing issues heavily influenced a Jan. 13, 2023, report from state inspectors, which found, among other shortcomings, that the county’s two juvenile halls were dangerously short-staffed. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Nonetheless, many major hospitals remain short-staffed, generating complaints from the public. Jin Yu Young, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Besides, the Office of the Auditor General is short-staffed, Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe noted. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 21 Jan. 2024 They also were placed on restricted duties, leaving the hospital even more short-staffed in patient care. Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 Despite the prominent announcements of layoffs at companies like UPS, Google and Microsoft, most employers have been loath to part with workers, worried about being short-staffed if business picks up again. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 On Sunday, the weather and being short-staffed kept him from attending the game in Dallas. Jessica Rodriguez, Journal Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2024

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“Short-staffed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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