- a discharge, especially temporary, of a worker or workers；a period when a layoff is in force.
noun: lay-off, plural noun: lay-offs
- 1. a discharge, especially temporary, of a worker or workers the workforce is on strike over lay-offs the most recent lay-off saw staff fall to 175 from 250
- ▪ a period when a layoff is in force.
- 2. a 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