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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rain check(noun)

    a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future

  2. rain check(noun)

    a ticket stub entitling the holder to admission to a future event if the scheduled event was cancelled due to rain


  1. rain check(Noun)

    Any voucher or note from a merchant to a customer to provide an item the merchant has run out of at a later date for the item's current price, or (in a more literal sense) to provide a service at a later date.

  2. rain check(Noun)

    In social interactions, a polite way to turn down an invitation, with the implication one is simply postponing it and that another time would be acceptable.

  3. Origin: The expression may have originated in the era of open-air markets where the occurrence of significant rain usually required a vendor to pack up their goods and leave. The term may also be based on the issuing of tickets to claim property such as a coat or hat check. Before 1889, US baseball fans were issued a new ticket if rain was heavy enough to cause a game to be postponed. Abner Powell added a detachable stub called a rain check that year. This quickly became a standard practice for all major league teams.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rain check in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rain check in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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