rain cheque

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rain + cheque, originally a voucher issued to baseball fans to allow them to view a later game in case of rain

Noun[edit]

rain cheque (plural rain cheques)

  1. any voucher or note issued by a store to allow a customer to get a special or sale price later if an item is out of stock
  2. (idiomatic) any postponement, especially of an offer
    The Sternwoods have money. All it has bought them is a rain cheque. - "The Big Sleep", by Raymond Chandler
    Your son can't make it, he says he'll take a rain cheque. - "Rocky Balboa"

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