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Noun lay off has 1 sense
- layoff - the act of laying off an employee or a work force
--1 is a kind of closure, closedown, closing, shutdown
Verb lay off has 2 senses
- discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off - put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing
- furlough, lay off - dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"
--2 is one way to fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminate
Somebody ----s somebody