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rain check

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rain check a ticket stub entitling the holder to admission to a future event if the scheduled event was cancelled due to rain
    • n rain check a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future
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Usage

In literature:

We met them with a rain of arrows that checked them a little, but not for long.
"Montezuma's Daughter" by H. Rider Haggard
A blessed vision came to him of a moist and disappointed crowd receiving rain-checks up at the Polo Grounds.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
The tears came like rain now, bitter, blinding tears that she could not check.
"The Tides of Barnegat" by F. Hopkinson Smith
But there was a rain of tears on her check.
"Angel Island" by Inez Haynes Gillmore
The rain did not put out the fire, but so checked it that, by hard work, it could be kept under control until it died out.
"The value of a praying mother" by Isabel C. Byrum
The morning was cloudy; and the rain, which we anxiously looked for, at length came down, and soon checked the progress of the flames.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
From their rifles and from others the shots rained fast upon the troopers, but never seemed to check the charge.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
Could you give me a rain-check?
"The Edge of the Knife" by Henry Beam Piper
The rain checked evaporation from the soil and from the leaves.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Great hopes are entertained that the rains will check the conflagration.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
You could have bought me for a yesterday's rain check.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Come out and give up your rain check.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
There was no checking them, though our muskets poured a leaden rain.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Now that they've started with bread tickets in Paris, they might do well in some other parts of France to begin issuing rain checks.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
Then, April returned angrily, bringing cold rains and blows to check all vegetation.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
There was a deadly check in the wind, and rain had commenced to fall in large, heavy drops.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Rain checks may be had at the door.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The earth is parched with drought, and if rain does not fall soon, vegetation will be entirely checked.
"Journal of a Trip to California" by Charles W. Smith
That night a heavy rain swelled the stream and checked the British advance.
"The Story of American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
But the season having been an unusually dry one they had here met with an effectual check, and had no alternative but to wait for rain.
"Fern Vale (Volume 3)" by Colin Munro
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In poetry:

But this shall not deter my lyre,
Nor check my simple strain;
If I have not the old-time fire,
I know the ancient pain:
The hurt of unfulfilled desire,--
The ember quenched by rain.
"On A Sea Wall" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt Donnie Adams checks on a vehicle that was swept into a railing in Salado, Texas, following heavy overnight rain, Wednesday, June 27.
A check of retail cooler shelves and pub bar taps this fall confirms it: Pumpkin beer has arrived as sure as the changing of the leaves and the coming of the rains.
Then take a rain check ANDREW M SEDER Steals & Deals.
A Rain Check on Free Speech.
Drop in coal triggers Solid Energy rain check .
Store promises rain check, can't deliver.
A woman in Rodeo became frustrated after a store manager promised a rain check, but couldn't deliver.
Career & Salary Survey: Rain Check .
The Slowdown Takes A Rain Check .
Check out rain totals and wind gusts.
BSMC To Attend Rain Sound Check .
Check out the blowing rain inside the Jefferson's dome.
Can we get a rapture rain check.
Forgive us if we are less than buoyed with good feeling by hearing from our public officials who check such things that radiation from the badly damaged Japanese nuclear reactors has been found in rain that has recently fallen in New England.
McAdoo homeowners are being asked to check if rain water from their house is running into the borough sewer system.
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