rain out

rained out; raining out; rains out

Definition of rain out

transitive verb

: to interrupt or prevent (something, such as a sports event) by rain

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Other Words from rain out

rainout \ ˈrān-​ˌau̇t How to pronounce rainout (audio) \ noun

Examples of rain out in a Sentence

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Seanez said he was discovered only because there was a scout who was supposed to watch a game in Yuma that was rained out. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "It's a big victory for Andy Ruiz Jr. and Imperial Valley," 22 June 2019 The Washington Nationals also extended their netting to deep down the foul lines before Monday’s game, which was rained out. New York Times, "‘We Needed to Do Something’: White Sox Unveil Extended Protective Netting," 23 July 2019 The Sox said Cease and Ross Detwiler are still scheduled to start after Reynaldo Lopez’s start was rained out Tuesday night. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "‘The stuff is out of this world’: It’s finally time for Dylan Cease’s White Sox debut," 2 July 2019 Crowd numbers have dwindled in recent years, although ticket sales were reportedly higher last year before the race was rained out of its scheduled Sunday start date. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "NASCAR drivers open to Brickyard 400 changes to increase fan interest," 5 Sep. 2019 Last month, a Florida homeowner in Port St. Lucie shared a video which appeared to show land crabs crawling all over his porch after the critters were rained out of their burrows. Fox News, "Florida woman captures hundreds of crabs scattering into streets during mating season," 8 Aug. 2019 Three years later, the tourney returned and Piney Branch hosted the event in 2016 and 2018 (it was rained out in 2017). Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Golf: Carroll County Amateur tournament moving to September," 15 July 2019 Ensuing coaches mostly bought into the value of Tontozona although camp was completely rained out in 1989 and forced to end early in 2006. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU football returns to Camp Tontozona after $1 million renovations to renew priceless heritage," 31 July 2019 Thousands of Puerto Rico homes still rely on blue tarps to keep the rain out. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico is in chaos, and some worry continued instability is a major threat," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of rain out

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rain out was in 1896

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