They burn through their staffs like rocket fuel, a White House observer once noted.
His staff assignments include the Office of Combating Terrorism, National Security Council and the USSOCOM and Navy staffs.
He gets his national show, staffs up with a crew that sings proudly of not being "Mexican, gay, or black."
I suppose Hollywood stars must consent to be godparents to a lot of the children of their staffs.
Romney purports to like 30 Rock, but I don't believe anything released by staffs in these let's-humanize-our-guy press releases.
The net was now crowded to the ground and the staffs slipped into the notches of the stakes to hold the net in place.
Many of them had staffs, and all were bent nigh double under their burdens.
They converse in pairs and stand in easy attitudes, leaning on their staffs.
Generals with their staffs are racing about, and everything is in a whirl.
As the magnitude of the world conflict was realized, nervous employers of labour reduced their staffs.
Old English stæf "walking stick, strong pole used for carrying, rod used as a weapon" (also, in plural, "letter, character, writing," cf. stæfcræft "grammar"), from Proto-Germanic *stabaz (cf. Old Saxon staf, Old Norse stafr, Old Frisian stef, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch staf, Old High German stab, German Stab, Gothic *stafs "element;" Middle Dutch stapel "pillar, foundation"), from PIE root *stebh- "post, stem, to support, place firmly on, fasten" (cf. Old Lithuanian stabas "idol," Lithuanian stebas "staff, pillar;" Old Church Slavonic stoboru "pillar;" Sanskrit stabhnati "supports;" Greek stephein "to tie around, encircle, wreathe," staphyle "grapevine, bunch of grapes;" Old English stapol "post, pillar").
Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander" is attested from 1702, apparently from German, from the notion of the "baton" that is a badge of office or authority (a sense attested in English from 1530s). Meaning "group of employees (as at an office or hospital)" is first found 1837. Staff of life "bread" is from the Biblical phrase "to break the staff of bread" (Lev. xxvi:26), translating Hebrew matteh lekhem.
"to provide with a staff of assistants," 1859, from staff (n.). Related: Staffed; staffing.
A specific group of workers.
To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
To serve on the staff of.
A multiple-car wreck (1950s+ Teenagers)
[first two verb-phrase senses fr the stacking up of one's poker chips to show winnings or for comparison]