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English definition of “lay sb off”

lay sb off

phrasal verb with lay
 
 
/leɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle laid)
to stop employing someone, usually because there is no more work for them: [often passive] Thirty more people were laid off last week.Firing staff and being fired
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