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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The state of being behind in completing one's obligations. A debt that remains unpaid.

Usage examples (38)
  • I forgot to pay my arrears for last month's bill.
  • The state of the poll still worse; Lord Beaufort twelve in arrear, and Colonel Beaufort twenty-one.
  • Fortunately – for we were nine months in arrear of pay – money was so scarce that a trifle of ready money produced a great deal.
  • Very true; a half-daily paper leaves one several hours in arrear. for more
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