rain-off

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rain off

1. verb To delay, postpone, or cancel something because of rain. Usually used in passive constructions. I was really looking forward to the baseball game this weekend, but it was rained off at the last minute. We've been trying to get this roadwork done for a while, but the weather keeps raining it off.
2. noun An event or activity that has been delayed, postponed, or canceled because of rain. Often spelled with a hyphen. Spectators are to be aware that there will be no refunds issued in the event of a rain-off. The whole event was a rain off in the end, which was a major disappointment to the whole team who'd worked so hard setting it up.
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rain-off

An event that has been or will be canceled due to inclement weather. Primarily heard in UK. Spectators are to be aware that there will be no refunds issued in the event of a rain-off. I was really looking forward to the football match this weekend, but it turned out to be a rain-off.
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and what if his umbrella was a cotton one, so long as it kept the rain off? His shabbiness did not trouble him; there was none of his friends round about to sneer him.
"What is the use of a statue if it cannot keep the rain off?" he said; "I must look for a good chimney-pot," and he determined to fly away.
In this dilemma, Mistress Affery, with her apron as a hood to keep the rain off, ran crying up and down the solitary paved enclosure several times.
Failures slide off them like July rain off a duck's back feathers.