Definition of rain check in US English:

rain check

(also raincheck)


North American
  • 1A ticket given for later use when a sports event 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
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 A coupon issued to a customer by a store, guaranteeing that a sale item that is out of stock may be purchased by that customer at a later date at the same reduced price.


  • take a rain check

    • Said when politely refusing an offer, with the implication that one may accept it at a later date.

      ‘I can't make it tonight, but I'd like to take a rain check’
      • ‘I've got a lot of studying to do, I'll have to take a rain check.’
      • ‘I think I'll take a rain check on that one, Winters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to take a rain check on lunch, though.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
      View synonyms


rain check