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lay sb off

phrasal verb with lay
 
 
/leɪ/ verb [T] (laid, laid)
to stop employing someone, usually temporarily because there is not enough work to do: Because of falling orders, the company has been forced to lay off several hundred workers. →  See also layoff
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