from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of suspending or dismissing an employee, as for lack of work or because of corporate reorganization.
  • noun A period of temporary inactivity or rest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dismissal of employees from their jobs because of tightened budgetary constraints or work shortage (not due to poor performance or misconduct).
  • noun A period of time when someone is unavailable for work.
  • noun UK, soccer A short pass that has been rolled in front of another player for them to kick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of laying off an employee or a work force


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