layoff Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"layoff" in British English

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layoffnoun

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

layoff noun (work)

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

layoff noun (FOOTBALL)

in ​football, a ​shortgentle pass into a ​space that another ​player from ​yourteam can ​runforward into, then ​moveforward with the ​ball or ​shoot towards the ​goal without ​slowing down or ​stopping
(Definition of layoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"layoff" in American English

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layoffnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈleiˌɔf/
an ​act of ​ending a worker’s ​job, esp. when the ​worker has done nothing ​wrong: Executives say no layoffs are ​expected as a ​result of the ​merger.
(Definition of layoff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"layoff" in Business English

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layoffnoun [C]

(also lay-off) uk   us   /ˈleɪɒf/ HR
the ​act of ​ending a worker's ​job, sometimes temporarily, usually because there is not enough ​work to do: Workers have been warned to expect further layoffs. Layoff ​notices are expected when ​businessslows after Christmas.
a ​period when someone is not ​working because their ​jobended or they were ​forced to ​leave it: long/short/temporary layoff A ​long layoff can ​help a ​budget but it can make ​workers less ​productive when they ​return.
(Definition of layoff from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “layoff”
in Chinese (Simplified) 解雇,解聘,下岗, 停工期, 歇工期…
in Turkish işten çıkarma…
in Russian увольнение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 解僱,解聘,下崗, 停工期, 歇工期…
in Polish zwolnienie…
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