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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This season, Brian Elliott is 35th out of 37 goalies with an .811 save percentage while shorthanded. Sam Carchidi,, "Penalty kill is killing Flyers' playoff chances," 2 Feb. 2018 The worst: Mrazek was on his knees for some reason and Luke Glendening beat him from the right circle, firing a high shot to the short side for a shorthanded goal. Sam Carchidi,, "Red Wings 5, Flyers 4: Philly again plays down to its competition," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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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