short·hand·ed | \ˌshȯrt-ˈhan-dəd \

Definition of shorthanded 

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

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On Tuesday night, the Clippers went to Chicago and carved out a win despite being even more shorthanded. Broderick Turner,, "Clippers! More injuries hit the team as they begin final playoff push," 15 Mar. 2018 Hsieh bailed out Newton South in the first set when the Lions were a bit shorthanded. Josh Schafer,, "For openers, Newton South boys’ volleyball sweeps Braintree," 1 June 2018 Brad Marchand, who had his own side story from the game, fed the puck toward the net on a shorthanded rush that ended with Bergeron getting his stick on it and past Vasilevskiy to give Boston its first lead of the game. Kristen Nelson,, "Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Vegas Holds on to Defeat Sharks; Lightning Strike in Overtime," 5 May 2018 Still, a shorthanded lineup was on the verge of securing all three points. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC scores twice after halftime but winless streak hits three against Toronto," 7 July 2018 That all changed with a late Saturday night text to Jones from Matt English, the all-star coach from Beech Grove, who needed bodies for his shorthanded team. Paul Shepherd, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Junior All-Stars get boost from Dawand Jones, but are swept by Kentucky juniors," 3 June 2018 Connor tallied a second goal, but the Predators had a quick response with a shorthanded goal from Ryan Johansen to end the period at 4-2 in the Jets’ favor. Kristen Nelson,, "Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Capitals Edge Penguins; Jets Roll Past Predators," 6 May 2018 The Spurs overcome a 15-point fourth quarter deficit in Game 5 but led by Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson; the Warriors firepower was too much for this shorthanded squad. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Off Topic: Recapping Kyle Anderson’s best season as a Spur," 27 Apr. 2018 Fitzpatrick's versatility and coverage skills would provide immediate dividends for a shorthanded Green Bay secondary. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2018: How first round shapes up if Sam Darnold is No. 1 pick," 26 Apr. 2018

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shorthanded

: having fewer than the usual number of people available

ice hockey : made when a team member is off the ice for a penalty

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evasion of direct action or statement

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