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

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But after tying the game at 47 on Aislinn Konig’s 3-pointer with 7:03 left in the third, N.C. State — a shorthanded team hobbled by an improbable run of knee injuries — just couldn’t keep up as Notre Dame kicked into a dominating gear. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Ogunbowale, No. 5 Notre Dame beats No. 9 NC State 95-72," 18 Feb. 2019 Photo: Markian Lozowchuk for The Wall Street Journal Hyman set a franchise rookie record: four shorthanded goals (scored while his team was serving a penalty, playing four against five). Rich Cohen, WSJ, "An NHL Player With an Unusual Side Gig: Writing Children’s Books," 14 Dec. 2018 Three wins for a shorthanded team can translate into three icings, forcing the power play to retrieve and reset, cutting the time of that man advantage in half, allowing fresh legs onto the ice. Sam Donnellon,, "Claude Giroux, Flyers formidable in faceoff circle," 16 Mar. 2018 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

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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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