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British pronunciation/ɹˈeɪn tʃˈɛk/
American pronunciation/ɹˈeɪn tʃˈɛk/
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refusal or cancellation of an invitation, offer, or plan with intention of accepting it or doing it at another time instead

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What is the origin of the idiom "rain check" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "rain check" can be traced back to the late 19th century in the United States. It originated from the practice of issuing tickets known as "rain checks" during baseball games.When a baseball game was rained out or postponed due to bad weather, spectators would receive a rain check ticket that allowed them to attend a future game instead. It is often employed when unforeseen circumstances arise, conflicting schedules occur, or when someone is unable to attend an event or engage in an activity as initially planned.

02

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

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Can we do a rain check on our coffee date?
Due to a scheduling conflict, I'll need to give you a rain check on attending the conference.
I apologize, but I'll need to give you a rain check on helping out with the event tomorrow.
I'm sorry, but I'll have to give you a rain check on joining you for the movie tonight.
I'm afraid I'll have to ask for a rain check on the dinner reservation.
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