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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.
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Softball rainouts included Willamette at South Eugene, rescheduled for today, and Marist at North Eugene, pushed to Friday.
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We had a couple of days of rainouts but, do far, we're still on schedule for finishing up on Saturday," Tournament Director Craig Wallace said.
5-7, and Sunday's cancellation followed on the heels of Thursday's and Friday's rainouts.
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.
The rotation was shuffled because of a pair of rainouts.
The conditions weren't severe enough to endanger Friday's game against Pittsburgh -- keeping intact the Dodgers' near seven-year streak of no rainouts -- but it was enough to send the Dodgers indoors for all their pre-game work.
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.
The Red Sox went 4-1, with two rainouts, on this first homestand of 2007.