lay off

lay off
verb Date: 1748 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lay off — lay (someone) off to force a worker to give up a job, usually because of high costs or other business reasons. She was laid off along with many others when the company moved to California. Our choices are to lay off ten workers, or raise our… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Lay-off — auch: Lay|off 〈[lɛıɔ̣f] n. 15〉 vorübergehende Entlassung von Arbeitskräften [engl.] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • lay-off — ˈlay off , layoff noun [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES the act of stopping a worker s employment because there is not enough work for them to do: • a layoff affecting more than 500 workers • Some employees at the company are getting layoff notices ( …   Financial and business terms

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  • lay|off — «LAY F, OF», noun. 1. a dismissing of workers temporarily: »The majority of those affected will be seasoned employees whose layoff dates will be advanced from one to two months as compared with last year (Wall Street Journal). 2. a time during… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay off — ► lay off 1) discharge (a worker) temporarily or permanently because of a shortage of work. 2) informal give up. Main Entry: ↑lay …   English terms dictionary

  • lay off — (something) to stop doing or using something. She usually runs several miles every day but lays off in the hot weather …   New idioms dictionary

  • lay off — index dislodge, dismiss (discharge), recess, suspend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lay-off — s. m. 1. Período de inatividade. 2. Suspensão temporária de um empregado. 3. Nos Estados Unidos, grupo formado para determinado fim.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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