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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Why, for example, was the Seventh Fleet sent to sea on unnecessary deployments with shorthanded crews and broken equipment? Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Carlo, who had a shorthanded goal in Game 5, has his first two career playoff goals at the most critical time. Matt Porter,, "Patrice Bergeron lit a fire with his pregame speech, and the Bruins forced a Game 7," 10 June 2019 Shaun Livingston will start in place of Thompson for the shorthanded Warriors against the Toronto Raptors. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Warriors' Klay Thompson out for Game 3 against Raptors," 5 June 2019 Kevin Hayes forced Luongo to make a save on a shorthanded breakaway. Matthew Defranks,, "Panthers beat Rangers, set franchise record with eighth straight home win," 11 Mar. 2018 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

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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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