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layoff

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noun lay·off \ˈlā-ˌȯf\

Simple Definition of layoff

  • : the act of ending the employment of a worker or group of workers

  • : a period of time during which there is no activity

Full Definition of layoff

  1. 1 :  a period of inactivity or idleness

  2. 2 :  the act of laying off an employee or a workforce; also :  shutdown

Examples of layoff

  1. The company announced the layoff of several hundred employees.

  2. More layoffs are expected at the factory later this year.

  3. The band finally has a new album after a three year layoff.

  4. a layoff of three years



1889

First Known Use of layoff

1889



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