Definition of rain check in English:

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rain check


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

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
More example sentences
  • 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.

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