lay off

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

lay off

verb

Definition of LAY OFF

transitive verb
1
:  to mark or measure off
2
:  to cease to employ (a worker) often temporarily
3
of a bookie :  to place all or part of (an accepted bet) with another bookie to reduce the risk
4
a :  to leave undisturbed
b :  avoid, quit <was advised to lay off smoking and alcohol>
c :  to refrain from swinging at (a pitch)
intransitive verb
1
:  to stop doing or taking something
2
:  to leave one alone <wish you'd just lay off>

Examples of LAY OFF

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

First Known Use of LAY OFF

1748

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