Idiom: lay someone off (lay someone off)
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
- 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.
- give someone notice
- give someone the ax
- let someone go
- give someone their walking papers
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