Idiom:  in arrears


Idiom:  in arrears

  • to be late with a payment
  • overdue payment

Example sentences

— Sir, your account is three months in arrears and we will close it if we don’t receive full payment by Friday.

— My student loans are now in arrears and my parents have generously decided to help me with my missed payments so I don't get more penalties.

— How could my account be in arrears?  As you can see right here, my bank statement shows that my last three payments to you have cleared my checking account.

— We need to contact all the clients who have accounts in arrears to remind them to make their payments before the end of the fiscal year.

— I'm so embarrassed that my husband let our account get in arrears. Please tell me exactly what we owe and I will make a payment right now.

— We're sorry but we cannot take any further orders while your account is in arrears.

— I'd like to set up a payment plan, if possible. My account is in arrears.

— Since the pandemic, most of our clients' accounts are in arrears and I think many will file for bankruptcy.


  • in the hole
  • in the red

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