Meaning of “lay off someone” in the English Dictionary

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"lay off someone" in American English

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lay off someone

past tense and past participle laid /leɪd/
phrasal verb with lay us /leɪ/ verb past tense and past participle laid /leɪd/

(NOT EMPLOY)

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” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)