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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARREARS

He has a right to claim six years' arrears—that is above L100,000.

So, that just when I might have had all arrears paid up, perhaps, and perhaps—who knows?

He was a clerk in a department store, and his board was generally in arrears.

The landlord had called that morning for his rent, which was long in arrears.

Can you get all your arrears of penitence done up in six weeks, Sally?

But he had other reasons: he was in arrears to his bookseller, his tailor, and other tradesmen.

He may claim all arrears of rent; and if so, we are more than beggars.

In 1649 the arrears of the lessees having reached the sum of £974 5s.

The arrears of wages were paid up, and the garrison was increased.

“I promise you shall receive all arrears at Rouen,” replied the other.

WORD ORIGIN

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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