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lay off

verb

Definition of lay off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mark or measure off

  3. 2 :  to cease to employ (a worker) often temporarily

  4. 3 of a bookie :  to place all or part of (an accepted bet) with another bookie to reduce the risk

  5. 4 a :  to leave undisturbed b :  avoid, quit <was advised to lay off smoking and alcohol> c :  to refrain from swinging at (a pitch)

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to stop doing or taking something

  8. 2 :  to leave one alone <wish you'd just lay off>



Examples of lay off in a sentence

  1. <you need to lay off eating those jelly doughnuts, or you'll end up looking like one>



1748

First Known Use of lay off

1748



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