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layoff

noun uk (also lay-off)   /ˈlei.ɒf/ us    /-ɑːf/

layoff noun (work)

[C often plural] an occasion when a company stops employing someone, sometimes temporarily, because the company does not have enough money or enough work: The recent economic crisis has led to massive layoffs. [C usually singular] a period when someone is not working or playing sport: Foster is playing again after a six-week layoff due to injury.

layoff noun (football)

in football, a short gentle pass into a space that another player from your team can run forward into then move forward with the ball or shoot towards the goal without slowing down or stopping
(Definition of layoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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