lay off

This page is about the phrasal verb lay off.

Meaning: If you lay someone off, you stop employing them and tell them they no longer have a job.

For example:

  • lay off sb Many companies aren't doing so well and they'll have to lay off some of their workers.

  • lay sb off Most managers say the worst part of their job is when they have to lay people off.

Quick Quiz:

If a worker is laid off, she'll have to

a. improve her performance

b. take time off to recover

c. look for another job

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