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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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It was a rainout of biblical proportions, and Hot Springs made sure it would never happen again.
Rainouts were the least of Tidman's worries, however.
Softball rainouts included Willamette at South Eugene, rescheduled for today, and Marist at North Eugene, pushed to Friday.
Caption: Rainouts contributed to a drop in attendance this year, to 293,749 compared with 308,109 last year.
Rain, Rain, Go Away -- This one isn't for certain, but playing the odds, chances are good: MLB should see less rainouts than it did last season.
His start had already been moved back a day because of Sunday's rainout.
The two extra games were caused by rainouts earlier in the season.
Its products are often used to save games from rainouts and to improve turf root zone.
Rainouts became a near daily affair, which made rescheduling a nightmare.
Jorgensborg would be putting up bigger numbers had she not missed four games because of rainouts and wasn't constantly pitched around.
The beginning of the 2011 season was hit hard with rainouts, and as the season begins to enter its final stretch, the weather is once again playing a factor.
One team hit particularly hard by rainouts is Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge, which has endured seven postponements while playing just five games in the first month of the season.
Over the season, there have been 3 rainouts compared to just 1 last season at this point on the calendar.
A league race that began with intriguing results two weeks ago is expected to resume today after time off for spring break and rainouts.
That may sound like a small thing, but when you consider that the league will almost assuredly see the most rainouts that any point over the last decade, and steep declines by two key clubs in the league, it's nothing short of miraculous.