A person who's described as fired has been laid off from their job. A fired used car salesperson might be happier working as a librarian.

The informal adjective fired implies that someone has been let go from work because of some negligence on their part (rather than being part of cost-cutting measures). A fired calculus teacher may find another job teaching math, or she might decide to pursue a completely new career.

Definitions of fired
  1. adjective
    having lost your job
    synonyms: discharged, dismissed, laid-off, pink-slipped
    not engaged in a gainful occupation
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