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Definition of "short-handed" [short•-hand•ed]

  • Lacking the usual or necessary number of workers, employees, or assistants. (adjective)
  • Sports Having fewer players on the ice or playing area than the opposing team, usually because of a penalty. (adjective)
  • Sports Scored by a team that is short-handed: a short-handed goal. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "short-handed" in a sentence
  • "CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James scored 38 points, Dwyane Wade added 31 and the Miami Heat dominated the second half to beat the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats 96-82 on Monday night for their 11th straight road win."
  • "After the short-handed Heat escaped with a win in Atlanta, coach Erik Spoelstra revealed that Curry is close to be cleared for physical contact."
  • "His short-handed goal has the potential to end up the biggest goal of this Stanley Cup Finals."