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rainout

An event that has been or will be canceled due to inclement weather. Spectators are to be aware that there will be no refunds issued in the event of a rainout. I was really looking forward to the football match this weekend, but it turned out to be a rainout.

rain something out

[for the weather] to spoil something by raining. Oh, the weather looks awful. I hope it doesn't rain the picnic out. It's starting to sprinkle now. Do you think it will rain out the ball game?
See also: out, rain

rain out

Force the cancellation or postponement of some event owing to bad weather. For example, Our picnic was rained out, but we hope to have it next week. [1920s]
See also: out, rain

rain out

v.
To force the cancellation or postponement of some event because of rain. Used chiefly in the passive: If the parade is rained out, it will be held the following week.
See also: out, rain
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The principals find it easy to use for cancellations and rain outs.
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The rain outs are unprecedented, according to coach Gary Peterson, who said he recalls one rain out (1998) in his 16 years at COC.
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His performance at the Masters Meet was the first time he has run under 1:55 this season after being slowed by illness and rain outs.
This market will not see a lot of rain outs because we have an excellent drainage system,'' Ellis said.