Idiom: lay somebody off (lay off someone)
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.
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