Definition of lay off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Phrasal Verbs

lay off


lay off somebody


lay off something

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(informal) used to tell somebody to stop doing something Lay off me will you—it's nothing to do with me. lay off doing something Lay off bullying Jack.
(informal) to stop using something I think you'd better lay off fatty foods for a while.
to stop employing somebody because there is not enough work for them to do synonym redundant 200 workers at the factory have been laid off. related noun lay-off See related entries: Unemployment, Running a business

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