n. being in debt; unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation
He was in arrears with his payments on the car.
Sentence in Classic:
My own work, with its manifold arrears, took me all day to clear off; it was dark when I was able to inquire about my zoöphagous patient.
It was impossible for him to leave all these arrears of suffering behind him, and he wished, before entering joyously into the future, to obtain a quittance from the past.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
Once they were there, they would no doubt have to pay rent, and not a little of it, for the ventilation of their caverns; and if they refused, they would starve or be suffocated for arrears.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells Context
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.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context