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English definition of “lay sb off”

lay sb off

phrasal verb with lay     /leɪ/ verb (laid)
B2 to stop employing someone, usually because there is no work for them to do: Because of falling orders, the company has been forced to lay off several hundred workers.Firing staff and being fired
(Definition of lay sb off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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