arrear


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arrear

(əˈrɪə)
n
(Banking & Finance) to be in arrear to be late in payment

ar•rear

(əˈrɪər)

n.
1. Usu., arrears. the state of being late in repaying a debt:to be in arrears with mortgage payments.
2. Often, arrears. a debt that remains unpaid.
[1300–50; n. use of arrear (adv., now obsolete), Middle English arere behind < Middle French « Latin ad retrō. See ad-, retro-]
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Miss Bingley was very deeply mortified by Darcy's marriage; but as she thought it advisable to retain the right of visiting at Pemberley, she dropt all her resentment; was fonder than ever of Georgiana, almost as attentive to Darcy as heretofore, and paid off every arrear of civility to Elizabeth.
They were partaking of a cold potato and water by the flickering and gloomy light of a lucifer-match, in their lodgings (rent considerably in arrear, and heartless landlady threatening expulsion 'like a dog' into the streets), when a gifted friend happening to look in, said,
le Prince, that king of fops, to take his arm when talking over the fashions; and for those least eager to pay never to dare to leave their accounts in arrear with him; for Master Percerin would for the first time make clothes upon credit, but the second never, unless paid for the former order.
That his papers were in arrear, and that he stood in need of assistance to develop the capacity of his business, was clear enough; but all the results of his undertakings during many years were distinctly set forth, and were ascertainable with ease.
Thoughtful has desired me to ask for it half a dozen times; I dare say it has escaped you that you are quite a twelvemonth in arrear.
The bills of the little household, which had been settled weekly, first fell into arrear.
Godfrey's charitable work was in arrear, I thought it odd that he should be going out driving, like an idle man.
Every feeling was offended; and the forbearance of her outward submission left a heavy arrear due of secret severity in her reflections on the unmanageable goodwill of Mr.
I was engaged after dinner in my study posting up my books, which, through press of other work and the many visits to Lucy, had fallen sadly into arrear.
If ever a collector had borne himself like a collector, and assumed, before all men, a solemn and portentous dignity as if he had the world on his books and it was all two quarters in arrear, that collector was Mr Lillyvick.
My mother glances submissively at them, shuts the book, and lays it by as an arrear to be worked out when my other tasks are done.
You'll sell me up at last, I suppose, when I am a day in arrear.