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skeleton crew

The bare minimum amount of employees necessary to keep an office, business, service, etc., running at a basic level. We can't have a restaurant that is completely closed during the slow season, so we keep a skeleton crew on board to serve the few customers who decide to come in. The rigs will have a skeleton crew keeping them running until the company finishes handing over its business to the new owners.
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crew cut

A very short hairstyle typically for men. Its name is thought to come from its initial popularity among rowers. The coach makes us all get crew cuts at the start of the season because long hair isn't allowed on the team.
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crew cut

A closely cropped haircut, usually for a male, as in The boys all think crew cuts are cooler in summer. This term presumably originated in the navy ( crew referring to a ship's crew), where such a haircut was mandatory. [c. 1940]
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a skeleton ˈcrew/ˈstaff/ˈservice

the minimum number of staff necessary to run an organization or service: At weekends we have a skeleton staff to deal with emergencies.
See also: crew, service, skeleton, staff
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Although VM Crewing was initially designed for maritime crews it can easily be adapted for use in connection with on and offshore oil installations, mining and other land based operations and so on.
Tees Rowing Club had a convincing win, finishing 23 seconds faster than their nearest opponents, and finding themselves placed 80th overall in the 180 crews that raced.
Outlined below is the new table layout for truck crews during basic gunnery.
Usually the crews fight the fires and return to their dorms, also in Acton, Azusa, Palmdale and a prison camp near Saugus in the Angeles National Forest.
We continued circling the ship, noting that the crew was standing on a narrow walkway in close proximity to two industrial cranes.
According to the Hakodate correspondent of the Japan Advertiser, the Japanese sealing schooner "Toramaru," of Yokohama, was otter-hunting off Shamushiri Island when on July 1st she picked up a boat containing four men, part of the crew of the "Matsutomo-maru.
THE MOST HEAVILY-ARMED of all the crews, the Squirrels are ready for the throw down.
We thank the medical department of the USS Arkansas for assistance with data collection; the crews of the USS Arkansas and USS California for their cooperation during the investigation; Helen Regnery and the Influenza Branch, Strain Surveillance Section, CDC, for antigenic characterization; and Capt.
Meanwhile, Crews continued his design career, doing magazine work and producing book covers, as well as illustrating others' works.
He had the good fortune to examine the primary inducer and quickly learned that this sailor,not the captain of the vessel, had the entire crew relating to him, as described above, in a highly suggestible manner.
For example, if two on-alert crews in the same Minuteman squadron of 50 missiles and five manned launch-control centers conspired to launch their missiles, no one could have stopped them.
When Crews placed the snakes in a cage with a female, all five males displayed courtship behavior.
L-3 Link, prime contractor on the E-3 flight crew training program since 1993, today is providing training services in support of the E-3 CTSS under a contract initially awarded in 1999.
Crews clear brush and cut wide lines in the dirt they dare the fire to cross.
There are also many accounts of the Army B-24 and B-25 crews that partnered in the operation with the Navy.