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1. The state of being behind in the fulfillment of obligations or of being overdue in payment.
2. A payment owed.
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something outstanding or owed. another name for arrears1
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(əˈrɪər ɪdʒ)

1. the condition of being in arrears.
2. the amount overdue.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French]
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1. A condition of owing something to another:
2. Something, such as money, owed by one person to another:
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I made a forage or two among the Cherokees, when I was a lad myself; and I followed mad Anthony,[*] one season, through the beeches; but there was altogether too much tatooing and regulating among his troops for me; so I left him without calling on the paymaster to settle my arrearages. Though, as Esther afterwards boasted, she had made such use of the pay-ticket, that the States gained no great sum, by the oversight.
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