un·​der·​manned | \ ˌən-dər-ˈmand \

Definition of undermanned

: inadequately staffed

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The Sixers had a balanced attack against the struggling and undermanned Magic. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers dominate undermanned Magic for fifth straight win," 22 Mar. 2018 Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press After a slumbering first half, the Detroit Pistons did just enough to put away a woefully undermanned opponent. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons cling to 104-98 win over Hawks to snap three-game skid," 14 Feb. 2018 Then came the playoffs and a 2-0 hole against the undermanned, injury-riddled Celtics, which had defied expectations to finish second in the East. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks season in review: Progress made but it wasn't enough," 6 May 2018 Still, Masten Space Systems is undermanned and underfunded, a ragtag bunch out in the desert, drilling and hammering and soldering in their small badlands garage down the block from the rich folk. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Man Who Wants To Beat the Billionaires," 14 Oct. 2015 The Bucks went down meekly in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series against the undermanned Boston Celtics, who inarguably wanted it more. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: The 2017-'18 season for the Bucks was a big disappointment," 29 Apr. 2018 After struggling through one of their worst opening months, some help appears to be on the way for the undermanned Marlins. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dan Straily, Martin Prado close to returning to Marlins," 25 Apr. 2018 The Cavs were so undermanned this year that anyone watching them succeed couldn't help but conclude that LeBron was one the two greatest players to ever live. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Summer of LeBron Offers More Intrigue Than the NBA Finals," 9 June 2018 In the final, coach Brad Stevens began his ongoing tradition of being just good enough to lead an undermanned team to a heartbreaking defeat. Chris Chase, For The Win, "15 most surprising finalists in sports history," 28 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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: not having enough workers

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