Meaning of “lay sb off” in the English Dictionary

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"lay sb off" in British English

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lay sb off

phrasal verb with lay uk /leɪ/ us /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.

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  • He was laid off last week.
  • We have had to lay off all our workers.
  • She became depressed after being laid off from the factory.
  • We are doing all we can to avoid laying off staff.
  • The company laid off all its printers last year.

(Definition of “lay sb off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lay sb off" in Business English

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lay sb off

phrasal verb with lay uk /leɪ/ us 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.
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(Definition of “lay sb off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)