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) to suspend (workers) from employment with the intention of re-employing them at a later date:
the firm had to lay off 100 men
) to leave (a person, thing, or activity) alone:
lay off me, will you!
) to mark off the boundaries of
) to pass or deflect (the ball) to a team-mate, esp one in a more advantageous position
another term for
the act of suspending employees
a period of imposed unemployment
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