layoff

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layoff (plural layoffs)

  1. (chiefly US) A dismissal of employees from their jobs because of tightened budgetary constraints or work shortage (not due to poor performance or misconduct).
  2. A period of time when someone is unavailable for work.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, BBC:
      But even the return of skipper Steven Gerrard from a six-week injury layoff could not inspire Liverpool
  3. (UK, soccer) A short pass that has been rolled in front of another player for them to kick.

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