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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

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]
See also: crew, cut

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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I placed my hand on the seatbelt release and was ready to trigger it so I could join the first crewman who was spread out on the deck aft.
By 1986, he was forced to give up being a crewman after arthritis in his hip saw him fail his medical.
The rescued crewman was located by a merchant vessel.
The crewman, whose name was not given, allegedly told his fellow shipmates that he stabbed Ma in the neck after the captain angrily grabbed him by the collar because he was not maintaining the correct speed.
Anthony who is a crewman at RAF St Mawgam in Cornwall, sprinted to the scene and started trying to resuscitate him.
As we tried to decide how to liven up the monotony of the dull mission, the other crewman and I came up with the idea that it would be a great time to take a little swim.
A glass window on the AH-1 broke and one crewman suffered slight injuries, but the chopper returned to the camp, said the agency, which is now investigating the accident.
A silver pocket watch given by a countess to a crewman who rescued her from the sinking Titanic in 1912 is to be sold at auction, the British Titanic Society said Saturday.
Bungling medics on a Russian nuclear sub almost killed a crewman when they botched an operation.
The Merlin Training Facility trains pilots, observers, air crewman and engineers to operate and maintain the Royal Navy's new multi-role helicopter.
MANILA -- The Philippine Navy on Friday denied allegations that its forces had shot dead a crewman of a Taiwan fishing vessel, saying none of its ships were in the area at the time of the apparent incident.
ALIFEBOAT crewman from Northumberland risked his life to save a man while on a break from a medical training session.
Volunteer crewman Ian Black said: "The two fishermen were fine but obviously relieved when help arrived.
Skipper Stephen Humphreys, 33, of Greenock, engineer Robert Cameron, of Houston, and crewman Eric Blackley, 57, of Gourock, all lost their lives in the tragedy.
Holyhead lifeboat was sent to help the stricken 45ft yacht which had one crewman aboard off Cartmel Head between the Skerries yesterday at 1.