1lay someone off, lay off someoneDischarge a worker because of economic conditions or 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.’
2also lay off something informal 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.’
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’