Lay off

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Phrasal verb: Lay off

Spanish translation: 1. despedir de un trabajo, 2. dejar alguien en paz, 3. dejar de hacer algo

Definition: 1. To lay of a person is to tell them that they no longer have a job with the company, to end their employment. 2. If someone tells you to lay off it means they want you to leave them alone, to stop doing what you are doing such as criticizing them or annoying them. 3. To stop doing something you’ve been doing for a while.

Used in sentences:

1. The bank laid off 10,000 workers last year but gave the executives huge bonuses.

2. Hey! Lay off him!

3. I really have to lay off the coffee. I am not sleeping well.

Related words or phrases: fire, dismiss, discharge, sack /  leave alone, back off / stop doing

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