: the state of being behind in the discharge of obligations —usually used in plural
They were in arrears with the rent. [=they had failed to pay the rent when it was due]
: an unfinished duty —usually used in plural
arrears of work that have piled up
: an unpaid and overdue debt —usually used in plural
paying off the arrears of the past several months
Recent Examples on the Web The park, which is jointly owned by the Hong Kong government and Walt Disney, with the government holding a narrow majority, reports a financial year to the end of September – and does so more than seven months in arrears. —Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 May 2023 The total arrears for those in the program who missed payments is approximately $100,000. —Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 19 Apr. 2023 The resulting loss of foot traffic, coupled with Covid restrictions, led Jeanetth Hutchinson to close her long-running Far Rockaway flower shop at the start of the year, to settle about $19,000 in rent arrears. —Stefanos Chen, New York Times, 8 May 2023 All that has contributed to more than 4 million customers across the Golden State with accounts in arrears. —Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2023 The House Republican proposal, dubbed the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, would raise the borrowing limit into next year - either until the government incurs another $1.5 trillion in arrears, or through the end of March 2024, whichever occurs first. —John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2023 The Republican proposal, dubbed the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, would raise the borrowing limit into next year — either until the government incurs another $1.5 trillion in arrears, or through the end of March 2024, whichever occurs first. —Leigh Ann Caldwell, Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2023 By 130 mph, which arrives in 17.0 seconds flat, the xDrive is about a second in arrears of its rear-drive sibling. —Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023 The total amount of rent in arrears is sixty three thousand one hundred sixty five and 31/100 dollars ($63,165.31). —Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Mar. 2023 See More
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