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  • v. (of an employer) To dismiss (workers) from employment, e.g. at a time of low business volume, often with a severance package.
  • v. (of a bookmaker) To place all or part of a bet with another bookmaker in order to reduce risk.
  • v. To cease, quit, stop (doing something).
  • v. To stop bothering, annoying, teasing, pestering, pressuring, being aggressive with, or hovering over someone; to leave (someone) alone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dismiss, usually for economic reasons
  • v. put an end to a state or an activity


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  • Embraer was allowed in principle to lay off workers, if necessary, and actually did so in 1977, when local demand for Ipanemas and Piper models slumped after a government-imposed credit squeeze.

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  • Indeed, it was an axiom with her that the cook can do no wrong; and a cook in a Southern kitchen finds abundance of heads and shoulders on which to lay off every sin and frailty, so as to maintain her own immaculateness entire.

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  • The small suitcase lay off to one side, propped against the grille of iron bars that protected the niuspepa store.

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  • Solidly palatial brick buildings that housed the banks, stock exchanges, gambling palaces and whorehouses clustered near the scrollwork mansions of the rich away south of Market Street; clapboard boardinghouses and stores huddled in the shadows of the hills and a dense, rickety congestion of color and dirt marked where Chinatown lay off to the south.


  • On August 11, he coaled at San Francisco and then lay off the Golden Gate for five days, keeping Allied shipping in port.

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  • An 'we'll lay off Sparrow's Point a couple o' days while the letters he give me goes ashore, to let the taps know you're comin '.

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  • It lay off the banks of Wallabout Bay between Manhattan and Long Island for several years, its moldering planks and timbers covered with thousands of names carved into the wood.

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  • On Monday, I had, (with the concurrance of Col Bell) John Brooks, Wm M. Tate & Wm A. Bell appointed Comrs, to lay off your dower in the land & slaves, if you should adhere to the opinion that that was the best course.

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  • To make ends meet, Bert Wilson, the new president, decided to lay off part of the faculty and impose other cuts.

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  • The Ashamu Group had been able to lay off many of the field hands and machinery operators employed by Pioneer Farms Limited.

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