un·​der·​manned | \ˌən-dər-ˈmand \

Definition of undermanned 

: inadequately staffed

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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 The team was undermanned with star power forward Blake Griffin and two other players yet to arrive after Monday’s blockbuster trade. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Stanley Johnson has 'best' game in Detroit Pistons' win vs. Cavaliers," 31 Jan. 2018 In outlasting an undermanned Atlanta team, Sporting KC won its third road match of the season — after winning just two away matches in 2017 — and moved to 23 points on the year, more than any other team in the league. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Best in MLS? Sporting KC dismisses Atlanta, takes over Supporters’ Shield lead | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Junior-college forward Bobby Arthur-Williams signed a national letter of intent with UWM on Tuesday, as the Panthers continue to address what has been an undermanned and undersized frontcourt the last several years. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Milwaukee adds an inside presence with the signing of a junior-college transfer," 17 Apr. 2018 That’s simply a reflection of how broken and undermanned the group of pass catchers was in 2017. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "With free-agency signings, do Bears fans have permission to dream big now?," 14 Mar. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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: not having enough workers

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