lay off

[lay off] {v. phr.} 1. To mark out the boundaries or limits.

Helaid off a baseball diamond on the vacant lot.

Compare: LAY OUT(5).2. To put out of work.

The company lost the contract for making theshoes and laid off half its workers.

3. {slang} To stop bothering;leave alone. - Usually used in the imperative.

Lay off me, willyou? I have to study for a test.

4. {slang} To stop using or taking.

His doctor told him to lay off cigarettes.