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English definition of “in arrears”

in arrears

owing money that should have been paid already: My account is badly in arrears. They are in arrears on/with their mortgage payments.Borrowing, lending and debt If someone is paid in arrears, they are paid at the end of the period of time during which the money was earned: I'm paid a week in arrears.Earning money and money earned
(Definition of in arrears from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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