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/ əˈrɪərz /
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the state of being behind or late, especially in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like: Many homeowners have fallen into arrears.
Sometimes arrear . something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid: Those countries that have paid their arrears may be granted additional loans.
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Idioms about arrears
in arrears, behind or late, especially in payment: She was three months in arrears on her mortgage and credit card payments.Also Chiefly Law, in arrear .
Origin of arrears
OTHER WORDS FROM arrearsar·rear·age, noun
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How to use arrears in a sentence
That event was not likely to happen; for, since the grant had been made, a new arrear of tithes had accrued.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The pay of the soldiers got more and more hopelessly into arrear.Theodoric the Goth|Thomas Hodgkin
Latterly things had come to such a pass that even the reduced stipends offered to the members fell into arrear.Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
The chancellor came forward to shew that the sovereign's pecuniary affairs were very much in arrear.
Besides, the whole country is heavily in arrear already for land-taxes and quit-rents.
British Dictionary definitions for arrears
/ (əˈrɪəz) /
Also called: arrearage (əˈrɪərɪdʒ) (sometimes singular) something outstanding or owed
in arrears or in arrear late in paying a debt or meeting an obligation
Word Origin for arrears
C18: from obsolete arrear (adv) behindhand, from Old French arere, from Medieval Latin adretrō, from Latin ad to + retrō backwards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with arrears
see in arrears.
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