In arrears
Arrear Ar*rear", n. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains due when some part has been paid; arrearage; -- commonly used in the plural, as, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

For much I dread due payment by the Greeks Of yesterday's arrear. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

I have a large arrear of letters to write. --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster]

{In arrear} or {In arrears}, behind; backward; behindhand; in debt. [1913 Webster]


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  • in arrears — {adv. phr.} Late or behind in payment of money or in finishing something. Usually used of a legal debt or formal obligation. * /Poor Mr. Brown! He is in arrears on his rent./ * /He is in arrears on the story he promised to write for the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in arrears — {adv. phr.} Late or behind in payment of money or in finishing something. Usually used of a legal debt or formal obligation. * /Poor Mr. Brown! He is in arrears on his rent./ * /He is in arrears on the story he promised to write for the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in arrears — ► owing money that should have been paid in the past: »Only 75 of its 7,300 borrowers are in arrears. »About 180,000 homeowners were more than three months in arrears. ► UK if someone is paid in arrears, they are paid at the end of the period of… …   Financial and business terms

  • in arrears — ► in arrears 1) behind with paying money that is owed. 2) (of wages or rent) paid at the end of each period of work or occupation. Main Entry: ↑arrears …   English terms dictionary

  • in arrears — index deficient, delinquent (overdue), due (owed), indebted, insolvent, outstanding (unpaid) …   Law dictionary

  • in\ arrears — adv. phr. Late or behind in payment of money or in finishing something. Usually used of a legal debt or formal obligation. Poor Mr. Brown! He is in arrears on his rent. He is in arrears on the story he promised to write for the magazine …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in arrears — 1) late in making a regular payment Your mortgage payment is a month in arrears. 2) British taxes and salaries that are paid in arrears are paid at the end of a period of time. If they are paid at the beginning of a period of time, they are paid… …   English dictionary

  • in arrears — the personal accounts are fine, but the business is in arrears Syn: behind, behindhand, late, overdue, in the red, in debt …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • in arrears — adverb in debt he fell behind with his mortgage payments a month behind in the rent a company that has been run behindhand for years in arrears with their utility bills • Syn: ↑behind, ↑behindhand …   Useful english dictionary

  • in arrears — behind in payments, behind in work …   English contemporary dictionary

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