Meaning of “in arrears” in the English Dictionary

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"in arrears" in British English

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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.

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.

(Definition of “in arrears” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)