rainout

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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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With the new synthetic infields and irrigation improvements it will extend the seasons for baseball/softball with less rain outs. There has been talk of using the fields for lacrosse teams, which will be another sport to draw people to Mason County.
With rain outs on Thursday and Friday, the Lady Skins finally hit the field again on Saturday with a busy day of tournament play in the Spring Slam at the UIS Sports Complex in Springfield.
No team was able to complete all its games due to 44 rain outs in the league this season.