- verb1. put an end to a state or an activity (Freq. 3)-
Quit teasing your little brother• Derivationally related forms: ↑cessation (for: ↑cease), ↑cease (for: ↑cease), ↑stop (for: ↑stop), ↑stoppage (for: ↑stop), ↑discontinuation (for: ↑discontinue), ↑discontinuance (for: ↑discontinue)• Hyponyms:↑drop, ↑knock off, ↑leave off, ↑sign off, ↑retire, ↑withdraw, ↑pull the plug, ↑shut off, ↑close off, ↑cheese, ↑call it quits, ↑call it a day, ↑break• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something-
Something ——s something-
Somebody ——s VERB-ing2. dismiss, usually for economic reasons (Freq. 1)-
She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized• Syn: ↑furlough• Derivationally related forms: ↑layoff• Hypernyms:↑displace, ↑fire, ↑give notice, ↑can, ↑dismiss, ↑give the axe, ↑send away, ↑sack, ↑force out, ↑give the sack, ↑terminate• Hyponyms: ↑downsize• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s somebody
* * *informal give up
I laid off smoking for seven years■ [usu. in imperative] used to advise someone to stop doing something
lay off-he's not going to tell you
* * *lay off [phrasal verb]1 lay (someone) off or lay off (someone) : to stop employing (someone) because there is not enough work
The company has had to lay off most of the staff.
Costs have increased and many workers have been laid off. [=let go]— see also ↑layoff
You should lay off the late nights. [=you should stop staying up so late]
My doctor advised me to lay off caffeine.
He's a much nicer person since he laid off the booze. [=since he stopped drinking alcohol]
I need to lay off fatty foods and lose some weight.
I wish you'd just lay off!
Lay off me! [=stop bothering me]• • •Main Entry: ↑lay
* * *ˌlay ˈoff | ˌlay ˈoff sb/sth derived(informal) used to tell sb to stop doing sth
Lay off me will you— it's nothing to do with me.
•\lay off doing sth
Lay off bullying Jack.Main entry: ↑layderived
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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lay off — [v1] stop doing cease, desist, end, give a rest, give up, halt, leave alone, leave off, let up, lie by, quit, rest, spell; concepts 119,234 Ant. begin, start lay off [v2] relieve of responsibility discharge, dismiss, drop, fire, let go, oust, pay … New thesaurus
lay-off — n an occasion when an employer ends a worker s employment for a temporary period of time because there is not enough work ▪ more lay offs in the car industry →lay off … Dictionary of contemporary 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-off — auch: Lay|off 〈[lɛıɔ̣f] n. 15〉 vorübergehende Entlassung von Arbeitskräften [engl.] … Universal-Lexikon
lay-off — ˈlay off , layoff noun [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES the act of stopping a worker s employment because there is not enough work for them to do: • a layoff affecting more than 500 workers • Some employees at the company are getting layoff notices ( … Financial and business terms
Lay-off — auch: Lay|off 〈[lɛıɔ̣f] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s〉 vorübergehende Entlassung von Arbeitskräften [Etym.: engl.] … Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch
lay|off — «LAY F, OF», noun. 1. a dismissing of workers temporarily: »The majority of those affected will be seasoned employees whose layoff dates will be advanced from one to two months as compared with last year (Wall Street Journal). 2. a time during… … Useful english dictionary
lay off — ► lay off 1) discharge (a worker) temporarily or permanently because of a shortage of work. 2) informal give up. Main Entry: ↑lay … English terms dictionary
lay off — (something) to stop doing or using something. She usually runs several miles every day but lays off in the hot weather … New idioms dictionary
lay off — index dislodge, dismiss (discharge), recess, suspend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
lay-off — s. m. 1. Período de inatividade. 2. Suspensão temporária de um empregado. 3. Nos Estados Unidos, grupo formado para determinado fim. ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa … Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa