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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 ​stopemploying 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.
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