rain check

rain check
noun
1. a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future
Hypernyms: ↑promise
2. a ticket stub entitling the holder to admission to a future event if the scheduled event was cancelled due to rain
Hypernyms: ↑stub, ↑ticket stub

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rain check,
1. a ticket for future use, given to the spectators at a baseball game or other outdoor performance stopped by rain.
2. Figurative: »

I can't accept your luncheon invitation today, but I'll gladly take a rain check on it.

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['rānˌchek]
(also raincheck) n. a ticket given for later use when a sports event or other outdoor event is interrupted or postponed by rain
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

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noun, pl ⋯ checks [count]
US
1 : 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
2 : a promise to allow someone to buy or do something in the future because it is not possible to buy or do it now

The store offered rain checks when the sale items had all sold.

She asked if she could have/take a rain check on the invitation for dinner. [=she said she wasn't able to come to dinner and asked if she could be invited again at a future time]

“Would you like to go to lunch with me?” “I'm afraid I can't today. Can I take a rain check?” [=can I go to lunch with you another day?]

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ˈrain check [rain check rain checks] noun (especially NAmE)
a ticket that can be used later if a game, show, etc. is cancelled because of rain

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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