Definition of layoff in English:



  • 1A discharge, especially temporary, of a worker or workers.

    • ‘Nor are redundancies arising from lay-offs and short-time working included, even though two workers each put on half-time still means a job lost.’
    • ‘He has the battle scars of dealing with cost-cutting and staff lay-offs.’
    • ‘If there are lay-offs, they will probably be sales related.’
    • ‘A union statement said business conglomerates were threatening the livelihood of casual workers by mass lay-offs and unilateral termination of contracts.’
    • ‘Yet the chief executives of these companies remain relatively low-profile, making headlines only when announcing expansions or job lay-offs.’
    • ‘The temporary lay-off of over 650 workers at the mines will begin on November 17 and 50 workers will be kept on for essential maintenance.’
    • ‘In the past six months, the sharp downturn in the market has seen increasing numbers of IT recruitment agencies experience profit losses, staff lay-offs and complete closure.’
    • ‘Recruitment levels and morale within the sector were affected by a series of high profile lay-offs.’
    • ‘Unless urgent measures are drawn up to pull visitors back to the province, local tourism operators fear that staff lay-offs are inevitable, particularly in the hotel trade.’
    • ‘When the predicted marketplace correction happens next year, things will begin to look up again for those who were forced into lay-offs, as companies will have to start hiring again.’
    • ‘A spokesman said lay-offs among temporary staff were part of the cyclical nature of the business and that the 350 permanent employees had not been affected.’
    • ‘In the past, manufacturers responded to cyclical downturns in sales by making temporary lay-offs, usually concentrated among blue-collar workers.’
    • ‘Unlike clashes between workers which often resulted in disciplinary lay-offs, these cases frequently merited the ultimate sanction of discharge.’
    • ‘Privatisation leads to massive lay-offs and pay cuts for workers.’
    • ‘Unions sources, meanwhile, strongly hinted the dispute could be labelled official due to the lay-offs and workers being locked out of sites.’
    • ‘The first week of the transfer window saw lay-offs rather than transfers.’
    • ‘City and county managers have warned of staff lay-offs and increased charges as a direct consequence.’
    • ‘However, business operations have been restructured, with workers across the board accepting wage cuts and lay-offs.’
    • ‘The lay-offs account for nearly one fifth of the company's 63,000-strong European workforce.’
    • ‘‘You would imagine that some of the negative speculation about the market and the recent spate of lay-offs would have had some effect, but so far there is no sign of it,’ he said.’
    redundancy, dismissal, discharge
    sacking, firing
    marching orders
    the sack, the boot, the bullet, the axe, the heave-ho, the old heave-ho, the elbow, the bounce
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    1. 1.1A period when a layoff is in force.
  • 2A period during which someone does not take part in a customary sport or other activity.

    ‘they needed to rehabilitate injuries or just brush up after long layoffs’
    • ‘The Cork senior player did make an appearance in the quarter-final against Doonbeg and showed no ill-effects of his 14 week lay-off with a back injury.’
    • ‘Still not back to his best after his injury lay-off; hasn't got his timing right but there are signs of improvement.’
    • ‘That has changed: firstly, he has not had to contend with long-term injury lay-offs.’
    • ‘Of course with football being a very physical game there were always plenty of knocks to be taken, some leading to injuries and lay-offs.’
    • ‘Injury in South Africa was yet another cruel blow to a young man who had fought back from a long period of enforced lay-off through injury.’
    • ‘He then entered the fray for Malton after a lay-off with injury and quickly made his mark with a powerful burst to get his name on the scoresheet.’
    • ‘The 23-year-old right-back was released by Doncaster Rovers in the summer following a seven-month injury lay-off.’
    • ‘The British number one made his comeback last month after a lengthy lay-off with a shoulder injury, but lost his first two matches back on the tour.’
    • ‘This latest loan agreement has come at an ideal time for him to get back into competitive football after suffering two injury lay-offs.’
    • ‘Five goals to Smith's credit in two games, after a lengthy lay-off due to injury.’
    • ‘I had a good season at Chelsea prior to my long lay-off due to injury and had scored nine goals.’
    • ‘Despite a lengthy lay-off from the sport, he showed that he has lost none of his speed or punching technique.’
    • ‘It was originally feared that his knee injury would require a lengthier lay-off but a scan has suggested the cup final on March 14 is possible.’
    • ‘The midfielder hasn't played for 18 months and has joined the North West Counties Division Two leaders to assist his recovery from an injury lay-off.’
    • ‘He may boast a freshness his rivals do not have after his lengthy lay-off from the sport.’
    • ‘That was his first run-out of the season after an injury lay-off but his reputation as a big-time player might earn him a place back in the starting line-up.’