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Meaning of LAY OFF

Pronunciation:  leyof

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  dismiss, usually for economic reasons
  2. [v]  put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"
 Synonyms: cease, discontinue, furlough, give up, quit, stop
 Antonyms: bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
 See Also: break, can, cheese, close off, dismiss, drop, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, knock off, leave off, pull the plug, retire, sack, send away, shut off, sign off, terminate, withdraw



Thesaurus Terms
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