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Word of the Day 07/23/16 Arrears

Arrears (plural noun, idioms)
arrears [uh-reerz]


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.

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Origin: 1300-50; noun use of arrear (adv., now obsolete), Middle English arere behind < Middle French ≪ Latin ad retrō. See ad-, retro-

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