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severance pay

money, exclusive of wages, back pay, etc., paid to an employee who has tenure and who is dismissed because of lack of work or other reasons beyond the employee's control.
Origin of severance pay
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I searched for his severance pay on my desk, wondering who the devil had hired him in the first place.

    With a Vengeance J. B. Woodley
British Dictionary definitions for severance pay

severance pay

compensation paid by an organization to an employee who leaves because, through no fault of his own, the job to which he was appointed ceases to exist, as during rationalization, and no comparable job is available to him
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