Idiom:  lay someone off (lay someone off)

Meaning

Idiom:  lay somebody off (lay off someone)

  • to end a worker’s job (usually because of economic difficulties)


Note:  The past tense of lay is irregular:  laid


Example sentences

— I heard General Electric is going to lay off 1,000 workers this week.

— My dad had worked for his company for almost 20 years when they laid him off

— We're all afraid they will start to lay people off soon so everyone is saving up their vacation hours.

— I see you were laid off from your last job. Can you explain why?

— When I got laid off I felt so depressed and embarrassed I didn't leave my house for a few months.

— Companies often lay off workers in December at the holidays which compounds the negative financial impact.

— Our company laid off three people in my department and now they expect me to do two of those people's jobs!

— Unfortunately, I didn't qualify for unemployment benefits because I'd only worked three months before I was laid off.


Synonyms

  • give someone notice
  • give someone the ax
  • let someone go
  • give someone their walking papers


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