lay off

Primary Meanings of lay off

1.
v
dismiss, usually for economic reasons
2.
v
put an end to a state or an activity
Full Definitions of lay off
1

v dismiss, usually for economic reasons

“She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized”
Synonyms:
furlough
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

v put an end to a state or an activity

Synonyms:
cease, discontinue, give up, quit, stop
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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