1also lay off somethinginformal Give up or stop doing something.
give up, stop, refrain from, abstain from, not continue, desist from, leave alone, cut outView synonyms
- ‘I laid off smoking for seven years’
- ‘lay off—he's not going to tell you’
- ‘In her defense, laying off the booze would mean seeing him sober…’
- ‘Now I'm doing an Amber and trying to quit the fags - my immune system is shot and laying off the smokes should help a bit.’
- ‘Im also trying to lay off the dairy after a week of upset stomach.’
2lay someone off, lay off someoneDischarge a worker temporarily or permanently because of a shortage of work.‘the company has laid off 30 percent of its staff’
dismiss, let go, discharge, give notice to, pay off, releaseView synonyms
- ‘This isn't the first time (and unlikely to be the last), but a group of striking workers in Korea have been laid off by text message by their employer.’
- ‘Nonetheless, her co-workers at the hotel told her that the next day two new workers were hired to do the same job she had been laid off from.’
- ‘His wife, a former textile worker, took care of him and his son when he was laid off from his factory.’
- ‘If you remain with the company, what are the chances you will be laid off?’
- ‘The bodyguards at the headquarters in Sofia have been laid off, and 30 luxury limousines have been sold.’
- ‘As many as 50 staff in York could be laid off in the management ranking process, as the company cuts up to 700 jobs nationally.’
- ‘But after six months, she was laid off as business slowed down.’
- ‘My best friend's husband got laid off, which I knew.’
- ‘When I got laid off in January, I decided to start cooking once more.’
- ‘If something goes wrong, if somebody gets laid off, if you have a child that gets sick, you go right off the cliff.’
3lay something off, lay off somethingSoccer
Pass the ball to a teammate.
- ‘Jules laid the ball off to the striker’
4lay something off, lay off somethingPaint the final layer on a wall or other surface.
- ‘lay off the paint with very light brush strokes’
5lay something off, lay off something(of a bookmaker) insure against a loss resulting from a large bet by placing a similar bet with another bookmaker.
- ‘the only way the dividends could possibly make sense was if the bookmaker had laid off the bet’