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back pay

This page is about the collocation back pay

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

money a worker earned in the past but hasn't been paid yet

For example

  • How much back pay does the company still owe you?

  • If we hadn't belonged to a union, the company would've cheated us out of our back pay.

Quick Quiz

"Back pay" is money that a worker

a. earned but hasn't been paid yet

b. was paid but hasn't yet earned

c. has paid back to a company

Contributor: Matt Errey