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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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All rain check requests must be accompanied by an original coupon and returned to a participating KFC restaurant or postmarked by May 19, 2009.
Also, if your local store sells out of any of its advertised Price Check items, then ask for a Rain Check Voucher.
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will be offered a rain check good any time in the ensuing 30 days.
To be on the safe side, I think I will take a rain check on that one.
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With "The World's First-Ever Theme Park Guaranteed Rain Check," guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood will receive a rain check ticket valid for use any time in the following 30 days on a day that the park receives over 1/8" of rainfall by 2:00 p.
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You'll save by giving a rain check and buying the actual present after the first of the year.
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SeaWorld has even offered a rain check program; should weather affect a visitor's experience this weekend, the theme park will offer a complimentary one-day ticket valid for seven days.
Holders of single-game tickets will be entitled to a refund or a rain check.
Other possibilities include using the customer display as an information kiosk that allows the customer to enroll in a loyalty program, print a rain check, or even select coupons and offers of specific interest.