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I'll take a rain check

An expression indicating that one is refusing an offer or invitation but with the hope or promise that it can be postponed to a later date or time. I'm sorry, but I'll take a rain check for dinner this Saturday. Would next weekend work for you?
See also: check, rain, take

take a rain check

To refuse an offer or invitation but with the hope or promise that it can be postponed to a later date or time. I'm sorry, but I'll have to take a rain check for dinner this Saturday. Would next weekend work for you?
See also: check, rain, take

take a rain check

(on something) Go to a rain check (on something).
See also: check, rain, take

take a rain check

INFORMAL
If you tell someone you will take a rain check, you are saying that you will not accept their offer now but that you might accept it at a different time. I'm sorry, Mimi, I'm just too exhausted to go out tonight. Could I take a rain check? She says she'd like to take a rain check on it and do it in May. Note: This expression refers to baseball. If a baseball game was cancelled because of rain, people were entitled to see another game by showing their original ticket or receipt. This ticket was called a rain check.
See also: check, rain, take

take a rain check

said when politely refusing an offer, with the implication that you may take it up at a later date. North American
A rain check is a ticket given to spectators at US sporting events enabling them to claim a refund of their entrance money or gain admission on another occasion if the event is cancelled because of rain. The rain-check system is mentioned as operating in US sports grounds in the late 19th century; the figurative use of the word dates from the early 20th century.
See also: check, rain, take

take a ˈrain check (on something)

(informal, especially American English) used to refuse an offer or invitation but to say that you will accept it later: ‘Would you like to try that new restaurant tonight?’ ‘I’m afraid I’m busy tonight, but can I take a rain check?’A rain check was originally a ticket that was given to spectators at an outdoor event if it was cancelled or interrupted by rain. They could then use this ticket at a future event.
See also: check, rain, take