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furlough

noun [C] uk   /ˈfɜː.ləʊ/ us    /ˈfɝː.loʊ/ US
a period of time that a worker or a soldier is allowed to be absent, especially to return temporarily to their own town or country

furlough

verb [T] uk   /ˈfɜː.ləʊ/ us    /ˈfɝː.loʊ/ US
to allow or force someone to be absent temporarily from work: After safety concerns, the company furloughed all 4,000 of its employees.
Translations of “furlough”
in Chinese (Traditional) (員工或軍人的)休假,探親假…
in Chinese (Simplified) (员工或军人的)休假,探亲假…
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