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at half-mast

Partially raised or lowered. The phrase most often describes a flag that has been lowered to honor a recently-deceased person. After our former president died, flags were at half-mast all across the country. My daughter came home from the park covered in dirt, her ponytail at half-mast.

bread is the staff of life

One must eat in order to survive. I know you're trying to get a lot done today, but don't forget to eat—bread is the staff of life.
See also: bread, life, of, staff

the staff of life

Some critical necessity or basic staple. Said especially of staple foods like bread or rice. We want our employees to know that respectful discussion and debate are the staff of life around here. The widespread infection of potatoes—the staff of life in Ireland at the time—caused a nationwide famine that killed over a million people.
See also: life, of, staff

at half-mast

 and at half-staff
[of a flag] halfway up or down its flagpole. The flag was flying at half-mast because the general had died. Americans fly flags at half-staff on Memorial Day.

Bread is the staff of life.

Prov. Food is necessary for people to survive. Miranda likes to give money to charities that feed people. "Other services are important," she reasons, "but bread is the staff of life." Jill: Want to go to lunch with us, Bob? Bob: No. I must work on my novel while inspiration lasts. Jill: Don't forget to eat. Bread is the staff of life, you know.
See also: bread, life, of, staff

at half-mast

Halfway up or down, as in The church bells tolled off and on all day and the flags were at half-mast. This term refers to placing a flag halfway up a ship's mast or flagpole, a practice used as a mark of respect for a person who has died or, at sea, as a distress signal. Occasionally the term is transferred to other objects, as in Tom's pants were at half-mast as he raced around the playground, or The puppy's tail was at half-mast. [First half of 1600s]

staff of life

A staple or necessary food, especially bread. For example, Rice is the staff of life for a majority of the earth's people. This expression, which uses staff in the sense of "a support," was first recorded in 1638.
See also: life, of, staff

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

the ˌstaff of ˈlife

(literary) a basic food, especially bread
See also: life, of, staff
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The Intergovernmental Agreement provides that, "Even though the College shall have the final decision-making authority in all employment matters the City will provide staffing budget increases for additional staff for the Community Use areas of the library if use by the community indicates the need" ("Intergovernmental Agreement," 2002, p.
The inherent relationship between staffing and funding was evident to the committee.
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Through our partnership with ShiftWise, Aedon Staffing is able to easily achieve a two-fold goal by streamlining and simplifying the supplemental staffing process internally and providing our external healthcare customers with an industry leading solution for supplemental staffing management," said Cherie A.
The procedures for this protocol require that surveyors review the "actual working schedule" to determine whether inadequate staffing has contributed to quality-of-care problems.
A key strength of the product is its ability to capture real-time, event-driven workload, which we will expect will help us match staffing and staffing competencies to patient needs.
Smith commented, "We are extremely excited about our partnership with Gryphon and Ray Marcy and have high expectations for accelerated and profitable growth for Staffing Now over the next few years.
AMS will discuss the details of its new Staffing offering at the 2006 Airports Council International-North America Conference in Reno, NV.
Several years ago, the directors of Camp CHI, in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, recognized that this gap in staffing made adequately addressing the mental health needs of campers and staff difficult.
At our forthcoming conference in June, a "nurse staffing forum" will provide DONs with various staffing models from which to choose, and will teach them how to negotiate and submit staffing proposals.
Through its relationship with ShiftWise, HRN will help ease the staffing burden of its healthcare customers by offering the most efficient staffing management system available to address their needs," said Art Flaster, CEO of HRN Services.
Traditionally, our staffing department had worked with any and every contract nursing agency to "put warm bodies" on the nursing units.
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A creative alternative might be to train all nursing assistants to be RNAs, assign them the operational and documentation duties of an RNA, and return the one, two or three staffing positions to the nursing assistant daily staffing.