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Meaning of ARREAR

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 

 

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