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rain check

1. A substitute ticket or pass to attend an event that has been postponed for a later date. They emailed us a rain check for the concert after the guitarist broke his hand in a rock-climbing accident.
2. By extension, a promise to take up an offer that one has initially declined. I'm sorry, but I'll have to take a rain check for dinner this Saturday. Would next weekend work for you?
See also: check, rain

rain check (on something)

 
1. a piece of paper allowing one to see an event -- which has been canceled -- at a later time. (Originally said of sporting events that had to be canceled because of rain. *Typically: get ~; have ~; take ~; give someone ~.) The game was canceled because of the storm, but we all got rain checks on it. I can't use a rain check because I'm leaving town for a month.
2. a reissuance of an invitation at a later date. (Said to someone who has invited you to something that you cannot attend now, but would like to attend at a later time. *Typically: get ~; have ~; take ~; give someone ~.) We would love to come to your house, but we are busy next Saturday. Could we take a rain check on your kind invitation? Oh, yes. You have a rain check that's good anytime you can come by and visit.
3. a piece of paper that allows one to purchase an item on sale at a later date. (Stores issue these pieces of paper when they run out of specially priced sale merchandise. *Typically: get ~; have ~; take ~; give someone ~.) The store was all out of the shampoo they advertised, but I got a rain check. Yes, you should always take a rain check so you can get it at the sale price later when they have more.
See also: check, rain

rain check

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.
See also: check, rain
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One solution is a display that notes any ad-item out of stocks--the display may inform shoppers if and when the item is expected to reappear and whether or not rain checks are available.
To learn more about when an Operation Rain Check may be conducted in your area, contact your local Tracon and ask to be placed on a notification list.
What I do is stay very calm and offer them a rain check or a substitution.
What is a rain check or a pig in a poke - and why do we always laugh all the way to the bank?
I'm going to have to take a rain check after the US PGA and see where we stand on both lists there to try to make the side.
but thanks to my doctors, I'm feeling a lot better now, so I hope I can get a rain check.
He's in the big race in Singapore but we'll have a rain check after Hong Kong.
But to others,anniversaries provide a valuable milestone on which to sit down beside the highway and take a rain check on how sweet can turn sour or failure can swing to glorious success.
Following an unprecedented and overwhelming response to a free offer of a Kentucky Grilled Chicken meal, KFC has announced that it can no longer accept the free coupon at this time, but that it will introduce a rain check program to take care of inconvenienced customers.
ORGANISERS of the Liverpool International tennis tournament are taking a rain check for 2008.
When I left Swindon I wanted to take a rain check and see what I wanted to do but I spoke to the people here at Macclesfield and they were ambitious.
King Of The Dawn proved the stronger, and so provided a second win in this sphere for Gatwick-based owner/trainer Georgina Worsley, who won a hunter chase with Rain Check several years ago at Folkestone.
He needs to take a rain check and realise exactly whose stupidity is causing this damage.
ONE SUGGESTION TO THOSE USING RAIN CHECKS AS A SOLUTION: OFFER SHOPPERS (ESPECIALLY THOSE ENROLLED IN CLUB PROGRAMS) A CHOICE OF A RAIN CHECK OR A COMPARABLE ITEM AT THE SPECIAL PRICE WHENEVER YOU CAN.
Maybe next time Joanne is asked to do a weather report she will take a rain check.