1. [syn: behind, behindhand, in arrears]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Arrear \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. --Locke.
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.
In arrear or In arrears, behind; backward; behindhand; in
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in debt; "he fell behind with his mortgage payments"; "a
month behind in the rent"; "a company that has been run
behindhand for years"; "in arrears with their utility
bills" [syn: behind, behindhand, in arrears]