rain check


: a ticket stub good for a later performance when the scheduled one is rained out
: 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 Prepare to call a rain check on any pending invitations or group gatherings. Tarot.com, Hartford Courant, 12 June 2024 The park does not offer Sunshine Passes (rain checks) or refunds under these circumstances. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 9 May 2024 Unable to travel due to personal reasons, and preferring to engage with workshop participants in a more direct way, the filmmaker will take a rain check, promising to return, in person, for a subsequent edition. Ben Croll, Variety, 25 Nov. 2023 In some cases, taking a rain check on one aspect might be the choice that feels best for you. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 29 Aug. 2023 Now, Seligman has returned to Austin to cash the rain check with a new comedy, which trades the claustrophobia of their debut for a much broader blast of chaos. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 12 Mar. 2023 With all that has happened in the crypto space over the last year, Wall Street would be excused for wanting to take a rain check on digital-assets. Janet Babin, Bloomberg.com, 14 Feb. 2023 This year’s telecast is — so far — set to make good on that rain check and actually broadcast from the arena in Brooklyn, though it’s believed that producers are still evaluating options about what kind of crowd the live event might play to. Jem Aswad, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 As more buyers take a rain check, the housing market correction only gets more intense. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 30 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rain check was in 1884

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“Rain check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20check. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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