rain check


Definition of rain check

1 : a ticket stub good for a later performance when the scheduled one is rained out
2 : an assurance of a deferred extension of an offer especially : a document assuring that a customer can take advantage of a sale later if the item or service offered is not available (as by being sold out)

Examples of rain check in a Sentence

The store offered rain checks when the sale items had all sold.
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the postcard said, those who spent $75 or more during the November open house would need to bring in the postcard or an earlier postcard offer to receive a rain check to pick up a free gift from Dec. 13 through Dec. 24. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2021 Take a rain check on an investment or money-making scheme. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 29 June 2021 The glitchy first night — power problems, a producer explained to disappointed guests, sent home with a rain check — was corrected by the following evening. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Stay home and take a rain check on a social invitation. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2020 Take a rain check on amorous activities and avoid mix-ups and misunderstandings. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2020 Take a rain check on a party or gathering that could become tiresome. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your determination to succeed may be in high gear. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2020 Postpone major purchases and take a rain check on social outings. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2020 Des Moines: Hold the pork chop on a stick and get a butter cow rain check. USA TODAY, 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of rain check

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rain check was in 1884

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26 Nov 2021

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“Rain check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20check. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rain check

: a ticket given to people so that they can go to another event (such as a baseball game) if the one they were watching or planning to go to is canceled or stopped because of rain
: a promise to allow someone to buy or do something in the future because it is not possible to buy or do it now


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