skeleton crew

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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 majority of Telltale's staff have been laid-off, with only a skeleton crew of 25 members remaining in order to meet certain obligations.
It's currently moored in Southampton with a skeleton crew, most having left after they weren't paid.
He had a skeleton crew in the front office and marketing.
Workers' rights and health and safety become a thing of the past as these privatelyowned companies known for streamlining, once they''ve landed the multi-million pound contracts, expect the workers to go the extra mile on a skeleton crew for a pittance of pay.
The island was being evacuated and was to leave a skeleton crew which would be situated at the port end of the island.
The Singapore-owned Cala Ponente had 23 crew members on board when it first docked in Blyth's Wimbourne Quay, but most have since gone home, leaving just the four Filipino sailors behind as a skeleton crew charged with keeping it secure and ready to sail.
Q resumes February 28 with a skeleton crew, but not all shows return.
Toy Machine, repped by a skeleton crew of Dirty Billy, Josh Harmony and Matt Benetar, took the big cheese at Van's Downtown Showdown over Labor Day weekend.
A flu bug, on top of a crippling injury crisis, has left Rush with a skeleton crew.
He said company executives and a skeleton crew of workers remained at the company's Fayetteville office, which was closed due to an ice storm.
It took off from JFK airport - empty of any passengers and with only a skeleton crew - and landed at Paris last night.
Add to this the lowest possible installation cost and the need for only a skeleton crew of workers.
The captain and a skeleton crew remained onboard and the Cibeles was taken under tow by another fishing vessel last night.
A skeleton crew will be kept on at the Westfield Industrial Estate site to operate a distribution centre.
Instead, a skeleton crew of senior officers joined the shipyard's own men as the boat went out on the River Torridge estuary for its maiden voyage.