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Back pay

pay received by an employee from an increase awarded retrospectively
Contemporary Examples

Those employees may or may not get back pay when the shutdown ends.
How the Government Shutdown Hurts National Security Josh Rogin September 29, 2013

Historical Examples

On May 18, 1872, Congress passed a law for the restitution of back pay.
A History of Trade Unionism in the United States Selig Perlman

With the back pay during his absence, the sum amounted to about $15,000.
Booker T. Washington Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe

But if I fail to return, my master makes my back pay with cold stripes.
God Wills It! William Stearns Davis

Give the boys thirty-day orders on the Company for the back pay.
The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner

Meanwhile, I must begin to-morrow to cry like a poor devil about the back pay.
Wood Rangers Mayne Reid

Then I got the back pay, of course, but I ought to have had it before.
Captain Jinks, Hero Ernest Crosby

Look at a single class of these collections,—the back pay of sick men.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865 Various

But the possible loss of his back pay would be a catastrophe.
Billy and the Big Stick Richard Harding Davis

Washington now showed his sagacity in quelling the fears of the soldiers regarding their back pay.
Comic History of the United States Bill Nye


a payment due for previously done work; also, salary overdue from a past pay period. Also written backpay ; also called back payment , back salary , back wages
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