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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 season will conclude around the second week in June (unless there are multiple rain-outs throughout the season).
The Bandits will be at fullstrength, and raring to go, after suffering rain-outs against Newport on successive nights last weekend.
The whole rain delay argument is flawed, too, as the Marlins have only had a handful of rain-outs the past few years.
Despite the summer's rainy weather, there were less rain-outs than ever at Cobblestone.
Briar Ridge is used to hosting about a dozen corporate outings every year" and has had "only three rain-outs in the past 18 years," according to Falaschetti For the non-golfer, the pool and four tennis courts are always available, but all are sure to enjoy an available cocktail hour and sit-down dinner after everyone has returned from the course.
Dodger Stadium has had 17 rain-outs in its history.
But one change Auburn made for its Thursday-night summer concert series at the pavilion came as a result of last year's rain-outs of nine of the 10 scheduled programs.
The regional tournament, held in Riverside, was marred by rain-outs.
Michael Canina, president of baseball operations for the Rox, told the Enterprise: "On paper, it looks like we're down, but we had two rain-outs for games where we sold just shy of 3,000 tickets.