Ar*rear" (#), adv. [OE. arere, OF. arere, ariere, F. arriere, fr. L. ad + retro backward. See Rear.]

To or in the rear; behind; backwards.




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Ar*rear", n.

That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains due when some part has been paid; arrearage; -- commonly used in the plural, as, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes.


For much I dread due payment by the Greeks Of yesterday's arrear. Cowper.

I have a large arrear of letters to write. J. D. Forbes.

In arrearIn arrears, behind; backward; behindhand; in debt.


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