a skeleton crew/staff/service

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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.
See also: crew, skeleton

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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The ECHO understands redundancies will now be rolled out across the company, with staff from its distribution sites let go yesterday afternoon and a skeleton staff remaining at its stores.
Odhiambo regretted that the hospital faces many challenges, including skeleton staff and lack of equipment, yet it is a referral facility.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on saturday terminated the services of his legal team, barring a small skeleton staff and has outsourced all of their services to a Qatari letter-writing sweatshop.
A skeleton staff was still managing to stave off the worst effects of a three-week strike by engineers who maintained lifts at more than two dozen high flats in Renfrew District, we reported in December 1977.
kildare and incorporates a visitors centre, student quarters, stud office, restaurant, playground building, and numerous farm buildings and remote offices located on the 893-acre farm, with 55 employees on site five days a week, and a skeleton staff working weekends.
Two separate sources claim that the numbers working there could eventually be reduced to a skeleton staff of 13.
The unions themselves pledged a few years ago to maintain skeleton staff in essential services," Lamaris said.
Mulcair's | The firm, which this year completed the PS20m Pont Briwet bridge in Penrhyndeudraeth, said they will formally enter administration on December 18 with a skeleton staff remaining at the site until then.
The business will retain a skeleton staff to help with selling off the assets.
Mr Smith said the business would retain a skeleton staff to help with selling off the assets.
Are you tough enough to have a cup of witch's brews served by skeleton staff or eat eyeball pasta and worm soup?
Midwives (although emergency skeleton staff did provide a service), ambulance staff and the like had to give up four hours' pay.
Most of our officers have been deputed to the polling process, whereby we are forced to operate on a skeleton staff at most of our branches, but we cannot help this situation.
Government offices and schools were shut and state hospitals in Athens and Pireaus were operating on skeleton staff.
I can see it now - that outstanding building - the sixth busiest library in Britain, limping along on skeleton staff with those remaining under increasing strain as they juggle increased workloads.