Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- the stub of a ticket to a ballgame or other outdoor event, entitling the holder to be admitted at a future date if the original event is rained out
- an offer to renew or defer an unaccepted invitation or offer
- a coupon, issued by a store to a customer, which guarantees that an item that is on sale at a reduced price but has been sold out may be purchased by that customer in the future at the lower price
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A ticket stub entitling the holder to admission to a future event if the scheduled event is canceled because of rain.
- An assurance to a customer that an item on sale that is sold out or out of stock may be purchased later at the sale price.
- A promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future: declined the invitation to dinner, but asked for a rain check.
rain check - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future, as in I can't come to dinner Tuesday but hope you'll give me a rain check. This term comes from baseball, where in the 1880s it became the practice to offer paying spectators a rain check entitling them to future admission for a game that was postponed or ended early owing to bad weather. By the early 1900s the term was transferred to tickets for other kinds of entertainment, and later to a coupon entitling a customer to buy, at a later date and at the same price, a sale item temporarily out of stock.