"The hospitals are all short handed," mused the good-natured physician.
They're short handed an' the boss'll hire anything he kin git.
He was short handed, and though our hero was not much of a sailor he made himself useful to the best of his ability.
When, in the spring, the canoe fleet from Montreal had arrived at the Sault, it had been short handed.
The galley is short handed now, and there are the captured ships to look after, and the captives we rescued.
Short handed as we were, having lost ten hands by scurvy and drowning in the South Seas, the crew mustered but eight men.
Even when Mary comes to-morrow we shall be short handed so everybody will have to help.
I found a French vessel puttin' t' sea an' as they was short handed I signed on.
This was short handed indeed, more, especially when we consider the peculiar rig and mode of managing a vessel in those days.