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layoff

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 the termination of the employment of an employee or a work force often temporarily
  • even senior employees lost their jobs in the massive layoff

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2 a period of often involuntary inactivity or idleness
  • after such a long layoff the boxer badly needed to get back into shape

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lay off

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of lay off (Entry 2 of 2)

to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • you need to lay off eating those jelly doughnuts, or you'll end up looking like one

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The first known use of layoff was in 1748

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“Layoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/layoff. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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