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arrear


arrear


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arrear  \Ar*rear"\,  adv  [OE.  arere,  OF  arere,  ariere  F. 
  arri[`e]re,  fr  L.  ad  +  retro  backward.  See  {Rear}.] 
  To  or  in  the  rear;  behind;  backwards.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  For  much  I  dread  due  payment  by  the  Greeks  Of 
  yesterday's  arrear.  --Cowper. 
 
  I  have  a  large  arrear  of  letters  to  write.  --J.  D. 
  Forbes. 
 
  {In  arrear}  or  {In  arrears},  behind;  backward;  behindhand;  in 
  debt.