Definition of short-staffed in US English:



  • Having too few or fewer than the usual number of staff.

    ‘we're rather short-staffed what with Christmas and everything’
    • ‘If some commuters cannot get in then some employers will find themselves short-staffed.’
    • ‘Childcare centres are too short-staffed to adequately educate young Tasmanian children, says an international speaker on education.’
    • ‘We expressed sympathy for her being short-staffed on such a busy night, and she asked if we liked free stuff.’
    • ‘Other essential services are also short-staffed.’
    • ‘Harborview can't find the nursing and support personnel to handle the patient load it has now; it's chronically short-staffed.’
    • ‘So everyone was very stressed, a bit short-staffed.’
    • ‘What does the future hold for us when we don't feel safe because we never see police in the area but a dozen officers can sit in a hall for three hours while complaining they are short-staffed?’
    • ‘In Arizona, officials say, more than a hundred prison guards are serving overseas, leaving their already crowded prisons badly short-staffed.’
    • ‘The business of health care combined with staff turnover and being short-staffed can affect a perioperative nurse's morale.’
    • ‘Although officially retired in 2001, Mrs Cullen regularly taught lessons at the school when the school was short-staffed.’
    • ‘Occasionally when we are short-staffed we have to pull people away from monitoring.’
    • ‘We were so short-staffed at points that senior management were often doing the duties of junior prison officers.’
    • ‘It may be worth getting to know what recruitment resources are at your disposal even if you aren't short-staffed currently.’
    • ‘We knew we weren't supposed to do it, but we did it because we were short-staffed and it was the only way to get the rounds done on time.’
    • ‘We have been short-staffed at work because people keep going on holiday.’
    • ‘We don't want to cause disruption to the public but we are short-staffed and our pay rise wasn't good and people are upset.’
    • ‘The midwife said jokingly they were quite short-staffed so they were glad I didn't give birth in the hospital.’
    • ‘Eventually she became exhausted from the long hours at the short-staffed school.’
    • ‘It also revealed that the Clyde-based agency was short-staffed on the day of the tragedy last July.’
    • ‘In August, we were very busy because it was so hot but we were short-staffed because a lot of people were off on holiday.’
    understaffed, short-handed, undermanned, below strength
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