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English definition of “lay off someone”

lay off someone

(NOT EMPLOY) (past tense and past participle laid  /leɪd/) phrasal verb with lay    /leɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle laid  /leɪd/)
to stop employing a worker , esp . for reasons that have nothing to do with the worker’s performance : She was laid off along with many others when the company moved to California.
(Definition of lay off someone (NOT EMPLOY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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