Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1Not having enough or the usual number of staff or crew.‘the kitchen was a bit short-handed’as adverb ‘because two cashiers were out with the flu, we worked short-handed’
understaffed, undermanned, below strengthView synonyms
- ‘Or the front desk staff was seemingly inattentive because they were short-handed due to illness.’
- ‘We could be short-handed; I've still got to find out which of the guys are available.’
- ‘Staff at St Luke's are short-handed, meaning the ones who are there are having to work in more than one area.’
- ‘He had checked her records earlier, and the only reason she was hired as a maid was because the staff was really short-handed.’
- ‘The director did not have time to do detailed calculations, but he knew that they were ‘very short-handed.’’
- ‘She said: ‘The problem was caused when some staff left, leaving them short-handed.’’
- ‘The board is supposed to have 10 members but is currently short-handed because of Rooney's departure.’
- ‘Shanks said that in a bid to add more staff on to night shifts, they were leaving themselves short-handed during the quieter daytime periods.’
- ‘According to sources in Ambon, these battalions have been utilised because the army is short-handed.’
- ‘Preparation has been especially intense because the Army is short-handed on military police units, so these artillerymen are being quickly re-trained to provide desperately needed security for convoys.’
- ‘History shows the Senate has a poor record of confirming election-year nominees, meaning the Supreme Court would be short-handed.’
(of a goal) scored by a team playing with fewer players on the ice than their opponent.
- ‘Patrik Elias scored a short-handed goal and set up a power-play tally by Grant Marshall for the Devils.’
- ‘A little less than seven minutes into the second period the Mustangs pulled to within one goal when Sal Peralta scored a short-handed marker.’
- ‘Graham Schlender scored two short-handed goals in a single shift.’
- ‘Todd Fedoruk ended a 49-game goal drought, and Anaheim's Chris Kunitz scored the first short-handed goal of his career.’
- ‘The 30-year-old winger is equally adept at deflating the opposition with a short-handed goal or a game-winner.’
- 2.1 (of a situation) occurring while or because a team has fewer than six players on the ice.
- ‘One would have thought that skaters most often used in the most defensive aspect of the game - in short-handed situations - would be the players most specialized in defensive skills.’
- ‘One would presume that those players who are on the ice during the most pressing defensive situations - the short-handed situations - are those players whose defensive skills are rated the highest by their coaches.’
- ‘It just taxed the Devils, who faced six short-handed situations one night earlier in a 3-1 victory at the New York Rangers.’
- ‘Branko Radivojevic had two goals and an assist for the Flyers, who entered with the league's worst penalty-killing unit and yielded four goals in 10 short-handed situations.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.