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

take a rain check

(on something) Go to a rain check (on something).
See also: check, rain, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take a rain check, to

To accept a postponement. This term comes from the practice of issuing rain checks with tickets to ball games; if the game is rained out, the rain check entitles the ticketholder to see a subsequent game. Rain checks began to be issued for baseball games in the 1880s, and in time the term was extended to other kinds of postponement. Len Deighton used it in Twinkle, Twinkle Little Spy (1976): “‘Let me take a rain check.’—‘On a love affair?’ I said.”
See also: rain, take, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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