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back pay

pay received by an employee from an increase awarded retrospectively
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  • With the back pay during his absence, the sum amounted to about $15,000.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • Meanwhile, I must begin to-morrow to cry like a poor devil about the back pay.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • Give the boys thirty-day orders on the Company for the back pay.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • But if I fail to return, my master makes my back pay with cold stripes.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • You can turn up and say you've been sick and draw your back pay.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • Some ruffian has stolen their back pay, and they are going to have revenge for it.

    Elam Storm, The Wolfer Harry Castlemon
  • My next visit was to the Fourth Auditor, for some of the back pay due me.

  • Then I got the back pay, of course, but I ought to have had it before.

    Captain Jinks, Hero Ernest Crosby
  • On May 18, 1872, Congress passed a law for the restitution of back pay.

Contemporary definitions for back pay

a payment due for previously done work; also, salary overdue from a past pay period. Also written backpay ; also called back payment , back salary , back wages

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