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layoff Syllabification: lay·off
Pronunciation: /ˈlāˌôf/

Definition of layoff in English:


1A discharge, especially temporary, of a worker or workers.
Example sentences
  • 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.
informal sacking, firing
the sack, the boot, the ax
1.1A period when a layoff is in force.
2A period during which someone does not take part in a customary sport or other activity: they needed to rehabilitate injuries or just brush up after long layoffs
More example sentences
  • 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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