Definition of rain check in English:

rain check


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

    • ‘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.’
    pass, warrant, authorization, licence, permit
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  • 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’
      • ‘I think I'll take a rain check on that one, Winters.’
      • ‘He accepted, but had to take a rain check because he had to go and look at a house.’
      • ‘Would you mind terribly if I take a rain check and we work on this later?’
      • ‘I smiled and said that I had to go so I would take a rain check on the mall tour for later.’
      • ‘She took a rain check on the invitation to lunch with her colleagues and sought Mel out instead.’
      • ‘Now now I didn't turn you down I just took a rain check.’
      • ‘It's a tempting offer, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to take a rain check on that one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
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