1. reduce pressure on sth, relieve of duties
lay off on him, he got laid off
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."