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lay off

This page is about the euphemism lay off

Meaning: to fire a worker

For example:

  • If they keep losing sales, they'll have to lay off some staff.

  • We can increase our profits by automating the factory and laying off workers.

Quick Quiz:

My boss said I'd been laid off. He didn't want to say he'd

a. laid me

b. fired me

c. been fired

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Contributor: Matt Errey