lay (someone) off

Definition: to make someone redundant, to fire.
(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)
E.g.1: When the company laid him off, he used the redundancy money to start a new business.
E.g.2: The firm is not doing very well – they might have to lay some of their employees off.
This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g. 1 and 2)

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