rain check

Topic

Rain Check

Definition

An idiom used to indicate that you will accept an offer for something at a later date.

Examples

I’m sorry, I can’t make it tonight. Can I take a rain check?

I’d love to come to your party, but I’m away that weekend. Can I take a rain check?

Origin

19th century America, when it was used to refer to a ticket given to a theatergoer that could be exchanged for admission on a later occasion.

FAQs

Question

What does ‘rain check’ mean?

Answer

An idiom used to indicate that you will accept an offer for something at a later date.

Question

What is the origin of the phrase?

Answer

The origin of the phrase is thought to be from 19th century America, when it was used to refer to a ticket given to a theatergoer that could be exchanged for admission on a later occasion.