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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.
1. To join other people as the crew of a ship or plane. Having no other real job opportunities, I decided to crew up on a cargo ship hauling goods to and from Southeast Asia. She's crewing up with some of the most experienced astronauts in the world for their next space expedition.
2. To gather together as a group in order to accomplish some specific task, especially to commit a crime. We're crewing up for a bank heist soon. You in?
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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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/ˈservicethe minimum number of staff necessary to run an organization or service: At weekends we have a skeleton staff to deal with emergencies.
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