lay someone off

lay someone off
lay (someone) off to force a worker to give up a job, usually because of high costs or other business reasons.

She was laid off along with many others when the company moved to California.

Our choices are to lay off ten workers, or raise our prices by 10%.


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  • lay someone off — MAKE REDUNDANT, dismiss, let go, discharge, give notice to; informal sack, fire, give someone their cards, give someone their marching orders, give someone the boot/push, give someone the (old) heave ho. → lay * * * discharge a worker, esp.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay someone off — discharge a worker temporarily or permanently because of a shortage of work. → lay …   English new terms dictionary

  • lay someone off — Syn: make redundant, dismiss, let go, discharge, give notice to; informal sack, fire …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • lay sb off — UK US lay sb off Phrasal Verb with lay({{}}/leɪ/ verb [T] (laid, laid) ► to stop employing someone, usually temporarily because there is not enough work to do: »Because of falling orders, the company has been forced to lay off several hundred… …   Financial and business terms

  • ˌlay sb ˈoff — phrasal verb to stop employing someone because there is not enough work for them …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • lay off — lay (someone) off to force a worker to give up a job, usually because of high costs or other business reasons. She was laid off along with many others when the company moved to California. Our choices are to lay off ten workers, or raise our… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lay — 1 /leI/ verb the past tense of lie 1 2 verb past tense and past participle laid 1 PUT SB/STH DOWN (transitive always + adv/prep) to put someone or something down carefully into a flat position: lay sth in/on/under etc: Laying my coat carefully on …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lay off — verb 1. put an end to a state or an activity (Freq. 3) Quit teasing your little brother • Syn: ↑discontinue, ↑stop, ↑cease, ↑give up, ↑quit • Ant: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay — lay1 verb (past and past participle laid) 1》 put down, especially gently or carefully. 2》 put down and set in position for use.     ↘Brit. set cutlery on (a table) in preparation for a meal.     ↘put the material for (a fire) in place.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • lay — I verb 1) Curtis laid the newspaper on the table Syn: put (down), place, set (down), deposit, rest, position, shove; informal stick, dump, park, plonk; Brit.; informal bung 2) I d lay money on it …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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