arrears
arrears [ə rirz′]
pl.n.
ME arrers < arrere, backward < OFr ariere < VL aretro < L ad, to + retro, behind
1. unpaid and overdue debts
2. unfinished business, work, etc.
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in arrears or in arrear
behind in paying a debt, doing one's work, etc.

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ar·rears (ə-rîrzʹ) pl.n.
1. An unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation.
2. The state of being behind in fulfilling obligations:

an account in arrears.

  [Middle English arrers, from arrere, behind, from Old French arere, from Vulgar Latin *ad retrō, backward : Latin ad, to; see ad- + Latin retrō, behind; See re-.

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