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lay off

verb
1.
(transitive, adverb) to suspend (workers) from employment with the intention of re-employing them at a later date: the firm had to lay off 100 men
2.
(intransitive) (informal) to leave (a person, thing, or activity) alone: lay off me, will you!
3.
(transitive, adverb) to mark off the boundaries of
4.
(transitive, adverb) (soccer) to pass or deflect (the ball) to a team-mate, esp one in a more advantageous position
5.
(gambling) another term for hedge (sense 10)
noun
6.
the act of suspending employees
7.
a period of imposed unemployment
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