be snowed out
To be delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to the snow. I was really looking forward to the football match this weekend, but it was snowed out. Spectators are to be aware that there will be no refunds issued if the event is snowed out.
1. verb To cause someone or something to be unable to enter some place or access something because of heavy snow. Often used in passive constructions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "snow" and "out." The huge winter storm has snowed me and my coworkers out of our office, so I've been working from home recently. People across the city have been snowed out of grocery stores and essential services.
2. verb To delay, postpone, or cancel something because of snow. Usually used in passive constructions. I was really looking forward to the baseball game this weekend, but it was snowed out at the last minute. Work on the highway has been snowed out for nearly a week, causing huge delays to commuters.
3. noun An event or activity that has been delayed, postponed, or canceled because of snow. Often spelled with a hyphen. Spectators are to be aware that there will be no refunds issued in the event of a snow-out. The festival ended up being a snow out because of the storm, which was a huge disappointment to everyone who worked so hard to organize it.
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To force the cancellation or postponement of some event because of snow. Used chiefly in the passive: With this blizzard coming, the concert will be snowed out.
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