lay off

Definitions of lay off
  1. verb
    dismiss, usually for economic reasons
    “She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized”
    synonyms: furlough
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    types:
    downsize
    dismiss from work
    type of:
    can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  2. verb
    put an end to a state or an activity
    synonyms: cease, discontinue, give up, quit, stop
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    Antonyms:
    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
    continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
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    drop, knock off
    stop pursuing or acting
    leave off
    stop using
    sign off
    cease broadcasting; get off the air; as of radio stations
    retire, withdraw
    withdraw from active participation
    pull the plug
    prevent from happening or continuing
    close off, shut off
    stem the flow of
    cheese
    used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
    call it a day, call it quits
    stop doing what one is doing
    break
    give up
    nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi
    drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records
    drop out
    withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values
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