Origin of arrears
Examples from the Web for arrears
Miss Peasey's wages were in arrears, and he must pay her £4 10s.Plashers Mead|Compton Mackenzie
Sailors were clamouring for their arrears of pay on the very steps of the ducal palace.Venice and its Story|Thomas Okey
They are not in arrears, and you may consequently guess at the wretched state of their moral feelings.Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent|William Carleton
In some cases, large sums were granted as arrears due on the basis of the new rate.The Cleveland Era|Henry Jones Ford
At the same time he was relieved from the payment of the tribute, then four years in arrears, owing to his distressed condition.
British Dictionary definitions for arrears
Word Origin for arrears
Word Origin and History for arrears
mid-14c., "in times past," from Old French ariere "behind, backward," from Vulgar Latin *ad retro, from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + retro "behind" (see retro-). Meaning "balance due" dates from early 15c.; phrase in arrears first recorded 1610s, but in arrearages is from late 14c.
Idioms and Phrases with arrears
see in arrears.