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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"Skeleton crews are circulating the newspapers free to the few people left in those cities, which remain under mandatory evacuation orders," the news service reported, adding that they "published a combined edition Monday and Tuesday, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, said News publisher Roger Underwood."
A mandatory evacuation order and curfew remained in effect across the city, while hospitals worked with skeleton crews and back-up power, although officials said the city's airport would re-open later on Tuesday evening.
"The Good Fabric: Of Night Shifts and Skeleton Crews." Kingdom of Fear.
With skeleton crews, our committees have worked long hours relentlessly moving toward our goals.
The pace quickens in most workplaces - no longer will vacation schedules leave skeleton crews to answer the phones and keep the doors open.
In many booths, you find skeleton crews who are relegated to doing the packing up and in fact are focusing their attention on how to get out of there as quickly as possible.
UCT was stable: exhibitors sent less personnel to man booths (largely due to the fact that layoffs and belt-tightening has left many manufacturers with skeleton crews), but there were more actual industry attendees.
Many events that did go on were manned by skeleton crews that all left for the airport four hours before flight time.
Union officials representing Jobcentre and Benefits Agency workers said people receiving benefits and jobs advice faced delays in the region as skeleton crews manned offices.
Syncrude, majority-owned by Suncor, is still monitoring the situation and does not yet have a timeline for restarting production, although it does have skeleton crews at its sites, a spokesman said.
Skeleton crews are in operation on the Jonathan Swift, Isle of Inishmore and the Normandy ferries as cuts began to take hold.
But their skeleton crews left three-quarters of the rubbish uncollected.
Cashin, who noted firms on the exchange were dealing with telephone connectivity issues and staffed with "skeleton crews" said the most worrying issue at the moment was the "ad hoc" nature with which market participants were dealing with planning for contingencies.
The ships, anchored in the bay during 1919 peace talks, were manned by skeleton crews who were not allowed ashore.
The ships, anchored in the Scottish bay during 1919 peace talks, were manned by skeleton crews who were not allowed ashore.