[ley-awf, -of] /ˈleɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
the act of dismissing employees, especially temporarily.
a period of enforced unemployment or inactivity.
also lay-off, lay off; 1889, “rest, respite;” from lay (v.) + off. Via seasonal labor with periodic down time, it came to have a sense of “temporary release from employment,” and by 1960s was being used somewhat euphemistically for permanent releases of masses of workers by employers. The verbal phrase lay off is attested from 1868 as “dismiss” (an employee); meaning “stop disturbing” is from 1908.
The temporary or permanent removal of a worker from his or her job, usually because of cutbacks in production or corporate reorganization.
noun 1. the general state or condition of affairs under consideration; the facts of a situation: We asked a few questions to get the lay of the land.
- Lay one on someone
verb phrase To hit hard; punch; hang one on: She laid one on him, when he least expected it (1940s+)
[ley-out] /ˈleɪˌaʊt/ noun 1. an arrangement or plan: We objected to the layout of the house. 2. the act of laying or out. 3. a plan or sketch, as of an advertisement or a page of a newspaper or magazine, indicating the arrangement and relationship of the parts, as of type and artwork. 4. (in […]
[ley-oh-ver] /ˈleɪˌoʊ vər/ noun 1. . n. also lay-over, “a stop overnight,” 1873, from lay (v.) + over. Earlier as “a cloth laid over a table-cloth” (1777).