lie off


lay off; lain off; lying off; lies off

intransitive verb

: to hold back in the early part of a race
: to keep a little away from the shore or another ship
: to cease work for a time

Examples of lie off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Department of Labor states workers reporting violations of wages, discrimination, safety, fraud, and withholding of time off are protected by whistleblower protection laws, which means employers cannot fire, lay off, reduce hours, or demote whistleblowers. Emilia David, The Verge, 4 June 2024 Many of these organizations and agencies now expect to have to close locations, lay off staff and cut back on services. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 That could mean continuing to raise prices, cut staff hours, or lay off employees. Francisco Velasquez, Quartz, 6 May 2024 Sakhalin, Russia’s largest island, is a 1,000-kilometer strip of land (621 miles) that lies off the east coast of Russia and just north of Japan. Josh Pennington, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 Earlier this year, the startup accelerator’s new president and CEO, Garry Tan, made the controversial decision to end YC’s late-stage fund and lay off employees. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 29 Aug. 2023 Many business owners began this year bracing for the worst — expecting to slash budgets and lay off employees. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2023 The fund has given out at least three quarters of a billion euros to manufacturers, half of whom have announced plans to shut down operations, lay off staff or discontinue the projects completely, according to an analysis of project data by Bloomberg Green. John Ainger, Fortune Europe, 2 Apr. 2024 Last summer, Viaplay had outlined plans to focus on its core markets in the Nordics and the Netherlands, including the end of streaming services launched in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and lay off more than 25 percent of staff. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lie off was in 1573

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“Lie off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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