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lay off

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Noun lay off has 1 sense
  1. layoff - the act of laying off an employee or a work force
    --1 is a kind of closure, closedown, closing, shutdown
    Derived form: verb lay off2
Verb lay off has 2 senses
  1. discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off - put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
    Somebody ----s VERB-ing
  2. 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
    Derived form: noun layoff1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
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