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rain out

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 out at the last minute. We've been trying to get this roadwork done for a while, but the weather keeps raining it out.
2. noun An event or activity that has been delayed, postponed, or canceled because of rain. Often spelled with a hyphen or as a single word. Spectators are to be aware that there will be no refunds issued in the event of a rain-out. The whole event was a rain out in the end, which was a major disappointment to the whole team who'd worked so hard setting it up.
See also: out, rain

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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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