Meaning of rain check in English:

rain check


North American
  • 1A ticket given for later use when a sporting fixture or other outdoor event is interrupted or postponed by rain.

    ‘The course even gave each player a free rain check at the same cost as they had already paid for the non-day's golf.’
    ‘This is also when Kevin cashes in all the rain checks to play some golf at the lower elevations.’
    pass, warrant, authorization, licence, permit
  • 2A coupon issued to a customer by a shop, guaranteeing that a sale item which is out of stock may be purchased by that customer at a later date at the same reduced price.


    take a rain check
    North American
    • Used to refuse an offer politely, with the implication that one may take it up at a later date.

      ‘they wanted me to come along for the ride but I took a rain check’
      • ‘Now now I didn't turn you down I just took a rain check.’
      • ‘She took a rain check on the invitation to lunch with her colleagues and sought Mel out instead.’
      • ‘I think I'll take a rain check on that one, Winters.’
      • ‘I've got a lot of studying to do, I'll have to take a rain check.’
      • ‘I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to take a rain check on lunch, though.’
      • ‘It's a tempting offer, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to take a rain check on that one.’
      • ‘Would you mind terribly if I take a rain check and we work on this later?’
      • ‘He accepted, but had to take a rain check because he had to go and look at a house.’
      • ‘I smiled and said that I had to go so I would take a rain check on the mall tour for later.’
      • ‘Thanks to all of you who wrote to me with invites for free dinners and guest rooms, but it looks like I'll have to take a collective rain check.’


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