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furlough

[fur-loh] /ˈfɜr loʊ/
noun
1.
Military. a vacation or leave of absence granted to an enlisted person.
2.
a usually temporary layoff from work:
Many plant workers have been forced to go on furlough.
3.
a temporary leave of absence authorized for a prisoner from a penitentiary.
verb (used with object)
4.
to grant a furlough to.
5.
to lay (an employee or worker) off from work, usually temporarily.
Origin of furlough
1615-1625
1615-25; variant of earlier furlogh, furloff < Dutch verlof leave, permission; current pronunciation by association with dough, etc.
Related forms
prefurlough, noun
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Examples from the Web for furlough
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  • Old man, if you ever get a furlough from business, you go down to Mount Vernon and revel in memories of the father of his country.

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad George W. Peck
  • And Russia evacuated Masampo, while Pavloff was told that he might take a furlough.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Havin' told Old Hickory about it, though, I was on hand next mornin' with a whole day's furlough.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • It is supposed that I am on a visit to —, and that you are on furlough for a few days.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • My notion is that you will not be likely to get the furlough so soon.

British Dictionary definitions for furlough

furlough

/ˈfɜːləʊ/
noun
1.
leave of absence from military duty
2.
(US) a temporary laying-off of employees, usually because there is insufficient work to occupy them
verb (transitive)
3.
to grant a furlough to
4.
(US) to lay off (staff) temporarily
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch verlof, from ver-for- + lof leave, permission; related to Swedish förlof
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Word Origin and History for furlough
n.

1620s, vorloffe, from Dutch verlof, literally "permission," from Middle Dutch ver- "completely, for" + laf, lof "permission," which is related to the second element in believe and to leave (n.).

The -gh spelling developed by 1770s and represents an "f" that was once pronounced at the end of the word but disappeared fairly soon thereafter in English.

v.

1783, from furlough (n.). Related: Furloughed; furloughing.

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