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arrears

[uh-reerz] /əˈrɪərz/
plural noun
1.
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.
2.
Sometimes, arrear. something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid:
Those countries that have paid their arrears may be granted additional loans.
Idioms
3.
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
1300-1350
1300-50; noun use of arrear (adv., now obsolete), Middle English arere behind < Middle FrenchLatin ad retrō. See ad-, retro-
Related forms
arrearage, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for arrears'

arrears

/əˈrɪəz/
noun
1.
(sometimes sing) Also called arrearage (əˈrɪərɪdʒ). something outstanding or owed
2.
in arrears, in arrear, late in paying a debt or meeting an obligation
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete arrear (adv) behindhand, from Old French arere, from Medieval Latin adretrō, from Latin ad to + retrō backwards
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Word Origin and History for arrears'

arrears

n.

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.

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arrears

see: in arrears
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