short·​hand·​ed | \ ˌshȯrt-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce shorthanded (audio) \

Definition of shorthanded

: having, working with, or done with fewer than the regular or necessary number of people

Examples of shorthanded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two days after a disheartening, shorthanded, 11-point loss, the Celtics (almost) got their whole team back and demolished a tough, worthy Miami team. Dan Shaughnessy,, 19 May 2022 The end result has been an offensive line that has operated this spring with about 12 players and will likely remain shorthanded for Saturday’s spring game. Mike Rodak |, al, 12 Apr. 2022 The Winterhawks last weekend got into two grinding games with a shorthanded and tired Seattle Thunderbirds team, but managed to win both games with a little drama. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 Hilary Knight’s shorthanded score with 3:21 left in the second period made it 3-1. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 However, two key guys were out and Ayton was already sidelined, but yes, the Pacers were even more shorthanded. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2022 His absence left the Pistons, still awaiting Kelly Olynyk's return from a left knee sprain, even more shorthanded at center. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2022 The Pistons, who were already down 12 players due to a COVID-19 outbreak and and injuries, are now even more shorthanded. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2021 Even with their returns, the Mavericks remain shorthanded. Doyle Rader, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shorthanded

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Shorthanded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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