un·​der·​strength | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstreŋ(k)th \

Definition of understrength

: deficient in strength especially : lacking sufficient or prescribed personnel

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KOVAC AT BAYERN Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac got a look at his future workplace but couldn't prevent Bayern Munich's understrength team winning 4-1. Ciaran Fahey, chicagotribune.com, "Bundesliga Recap: Bayern rout Kovac's Frankfurt, Cologne relegated after Freiburg loss," 28 Apr. 2018 CHELSEA POUNDS CITY Chelsea reached the quarterfinals of the F.A. Cup with a 5-1 victory against an understrength Manchester City, while two of Chelsea’s London rivals, Crystal Palace and West Ham, also advanced. The Associated Press, New York Times, "U.S. Women Beat Canada in Concacaf Olympic Qualifier," 21 Feb. 2016

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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