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layoff

[ley-awf, -of] /ˈleɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
the act of dismissing employees, especially temporarily.
2.
a period of enforced unemployment or inactivity.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase lay off
Can be confused
lay off, layoff.
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Examples for layoff
  • By the second week of the crisis, résumés flood the online databases, and the layoff announcements in the dot com sector begin.
  • Declare financial exigency, or whatever in your system must be declared, to permit the layoff of faculty and staff members.
  • For years, it has happily negotiated contracts with generous salary increases and no-layoff clauses.
  • layoff rates peaked and declined, but firms still had little interest in hiring.
  • If the company is large, they could layoff workers and squeeze more productivity out of others.
  • layoff lit: in publishing, sudden unemployment begets a fashionable genre.
  • It's not an easy choice, particularly for companies in layoff mode.
  • How a single layoff reverberates around one community's economy--and why the impact could last for years.
  • They'll figure it out when there's a layoff or reorganization.
  • The second layoff was from a startup company that never quite started up.
Word Origin and History for layoff
layoff
also lay off; 1889, "rest, respite;" from lay (-) + off. Via seasonal labor with periodic down time, it came to have a sense of "temporary release from employment," and by 1960s was being used somewhat euphemistically for permanent releases of masses of workers by employers.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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layoff in Culture

layoff definition


The temporary or permanent removal of a worker from his or her job, usually because of cutbacks in production or corporate reorganization.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for layoff

layoff

noun
  1. A dismissal or furlough from a job (1919+)
  2. The part of a bookmaker's bets placed with another agent to forestall catastrophic loss (1950s+ Gambling)
  3. An unemployed actor: A couple of layoffs were walking out of the hotel (1950s+ Theater)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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