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  1. Lacking sufficient staff or people, as for normal or efficient operations.
    The tiny restaurant usually got by with three workers on that shift, but found itself when the tour bus pulled in.
  2. (context, ice hockey) Having fewer skaters on the ice during a play, as a result of a penalty.
    Etymology: From short + hand + -ed.

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