Definition of take a rain check in English:

take a rain check

phrase

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.’
    suspend, break off, discontinue, interrupt, postpone, put off, put back, defer, delay, hold over, hold in abeyance, shelve, pigeonhole, stay, prorogue, dissolve, terminate, bring to an end, halt, call a halt to