lay-off - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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singularlay-off
plurallay-offs
  1. 1
    a situation in which an employer ends a worker’s employment, especially temporarily, because there is not enough work for them
  2. 2
    a period of time when you are not working or performing an activity such as a sport, usually because you are ill or injured

    Owens is back in action today after a three-month injury lay-off.