There are 2 main definitions of lay off in English:

lay off1

informal Give up or stop doing something: I laid off smoking for seven years
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  • In her defense, laying off the booze would mean seeing him sober…
  • Now I'm doing an Amber and trying to quit the fags - my immune system is shot and laying off the smokes should help a bit.
  • I’m also trying to lay off the dairy after a week of upset stomach.
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There are 2 main definitions of lay off in English:

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1A temporary or permanent discharge of a worker or workers: the workforce is on strike over lay-offs the most recent lay-off saw staff fall to 175 from 250
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  • The temporary lay-off of over 650 workers at the mines will begin on November 17 and 50 workers will be kept on for essential maintenance.
  • A spokesman said lay-offs among temporary staff were part of the cyclical nature of the business and that the 350 permanent employees had not been affected.
  • ‘You would imagine that some of the negative speculation about the market and the recent spate of lay-offs would have had some effect, but so far there is no sign of it,’ he said.
Synonyms
informal sacking, firing
the sack, the boot, the bullet, the axe, the (old) heave-ho, the elbow, the bounce
2A period during which someone is unable to take part in a sport or other activity due to injury or illness: there were serious doubts over her fitness after such a lengthy lay-off
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  • The British number one made his comeback last month after a lengthy lay-off with a shoulder injury, but lost his first two matches back on the tour.
  • Despite a lengthy lay-off from the sport, he showed that he has lost none of his speed or punching technique.
  • Injury in South Africa was yet another cruel blow to a young man who had fought back from a long period of enforced lay-off through injury.

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