lay off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lay off dismiss, usually for economic reasons "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"
    • v lay off put an end to a state or an activity "Quit teasing your little brother"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
    • Lay off to cast aside: to mark off
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lay is the causal to lie, from A.S. lecgan; Ice. leggja, Ger. legen.

Usage

In literature:

To secure these desirable results the gloves are taken to the "laying-off" room.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 794, March 21, 1891" by Various
Then she gave her a spoonful of her cough-mixture, took off her own clothes, and lay down.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The head lay some distance off; it was quite undamaged.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
While we lay here, several of the natives came off to us, each in a canoe, and bartered a few fishing implements for tobacco.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
They knew that far off to the southwest lay the islands of Samoa, and Rarotonga.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
Off the port bow lay The Labrador, the great silent peninsula of the north.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
When the little force was drawn up, he marched off in quite another direction from that in which the village lay.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
In a lofty room, giving off the upper gallery round the central court of the Casa Riego, Carlos lay in a great bed.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Ransome's yacht lay off the pier, with Mrs. Ransome in it.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Mebby them old Yucatanners come down in a shadder sloop and lay off over aginst them ruins, and enjoy themselves first-rate.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
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In poetry:

With pity, Lord, my off'ring view,
Although for thee unmeet;
'Tis all enthroned saints can do,
To lay it at Thy feet.
"On Recovering From Sickness" by Caroline Oliphant
The wretch was seiz'd with shame and fear,
Tho' he his crime would boast:
When suddenly he chanc'd to hear,
His king lay off the coast!
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
The Magi now are on their way,
Their off'rings at his feet to lay —
Gold, myrrh, and frankincense, the best
Of all the produce of the East.
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
My thoughts had wandered far away,
Borne off on Memory's outspread wing,
To where in deepening twilight lay
The wrecks of friendship's broken ring.
"The Broken Circle" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Why, throstle, do you sing
In this November haze?
Singing for what? for whom?
Deem you that it is Spring,
Or that your lonely lays
Will stave off Winter's gloom?
"A November Note" by Alfred Austin
A moment, and she lay reclined
Her silken head upon my knees
Then, lo, a far-off sobbing wind,
Swept from across the forest trees
And swift the vision fled away
Shamed by the golden shafts of day.
"A Dream One Night" by R S Ward

In news:

Trenton lays off FBI informant in response to a Civil Service ruling.
While you still have to lay off his blue suede shoes, you can own Elvis' coffin .
Rose Wang looks at her staff of 70 employees and wonders whether she'll have to lay off some of them to comply with the health-care law.
Cisco profits rose 18 per cent in its first quarter as the benefits of an extensive round of lay-offs and cost-cutting took effect, the networking equipment maker said Tuesday.
GOSHEN — Elkhart County was able to avoid laying off employees when planning for 2013, but the local highway department wasn't so lucky this week.
Cray lays off 52 in restructuring move.
Hostess announced Friday its plans to lay off its 18,500 workers and sell its snack cake and bread brands.
The maker of the iconic US snack Twinkies said Friday it is going out of business and laying off all of its 18,500 workers after a national strike crippled its operations.
Groupon's earnings disappoint , stock plunges as company lays off 80 workers.
Last month, the private sector created jobs while the public sector resumed laying off workers.
Luzerne County laying off eight prison guards.
Palisade Lays Off Employee , Changes Pool Hours to Fill Shortfall.
A push-up enthusiast is warned to lay off.
Detroit Federation of Teachers to Sue DPS Officials Following Massive Lay-Off.
YouTube video- game lifestyle channel Machinima is laying off about 10% of its staff as part of a reorganization.
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In science:

The cross section measurements proposed here will help to lay the foundation needed for the future off axis programs, and ensure that any new surprises will be found soon enough to determine strategies to handle them.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
The target star list presented was used for the trade off studies of different mission architectures for the proposed Darwin mission (see e.g. (Kaltenegger and Karlsson 2004; Kaltenegger et al. 2006) for TPF-I configurations see e.g. (Lay et al. 2005; Dubovitsky and Lay 2004)).
Target star catalog for Darwin: Nearby Stellar sample for a search for terrestrial planets
Thus, I was off on the adventure of mentally going to superspace and learning about the lay of the land.
Basic Canon in D=4, N=1 Superfield Theory: Five Primer Lectures
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