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rain check



A polite way to decline a social invitation, usually with the intent of accepting at a later date.

Context : Business
Category: Idiom
Semantic: decline

The literal meaning of "rain check" is a certificate from a store which states that a customer can return at a later date to purchase an out-of-stock item at the advertised price.

Usage of “rain check”

  1. Thanks for inviting me to the movie with you guys, but I'll need to take a rain check. I'll go with you all next time.

  2. Michael got rain check for the jacket at the department store.

Examples of idiom “rain check” from Twitter