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Definition of arrears noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • money that someone owes that they have not paid at the right time rent/mortgage/tax arrears
  • Idioms
    be in arrears, get/fall into arrears
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    to be late in paying money that you owe We're two months in arrears with the rent.
    if money or a person is paid in arrears for work, the money is paid after the work has been done
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: arrears