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layoff

lay·off

layoff

pronunciation:
leI awf [or] leI awf
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the dismissal or temporary suspension of employees.
synonyms:
discharge, dismissal, suspension
similar words:
pink slip
definition 2: a period of time during which such a suspension is in effect, or a period of inactivity.
a two-month layoff
synonyms:
abeyance
similar words:
break, hiatus, interlude, intermission, lull, pause, recess, respite, suspension