Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

lay off | layoff | lay-off

lay off
Meaning(s)
1) reduce pressure on sth, relieve of duties
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • lay off on him, he got laid off
  • Analysis
     The phrasal verb 'lay off' means to stop doing something or to give it up. "I need to lay off junk food if I want to lose some weight.", "I am going to lay off smoking in the New Year." As a noun a 'lay-off' can refer to someone losing their job, usually because there is not enough work or for reasons outside their control. It can also refer to a period of time that someone has been absent from work or playing sport due to an illness or injury. "He is back on the pitch after being laid-off with a pulled hamstring for a few weeks."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. She was always shouting at me, so I told her to lay off and leave me alone.
    2. He was in a bad way since he was laid off. He needed to get a new job as soon as possible.
    3. Lay off me, will you? I'm sick of you making fun of me!
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