Frequent question: What does it mean when someone says take a rain check?

: a promise to allow someone to buy or do something in the future because it is not possible to buy or do it now.

What does taking a rain check mean?

phrase. If you say you will take a rain check on an offer or suggestion, you mean that you do not want to accept it now, but you might accept it at another time. I was planning to ask you in for a brandy, but if you want to take a rain check, that’s fine. ‘rain check’

What does rain check mean in text?

informal. used to tell someone that you cannot accept an invitation now, but would like to do so at a later time: Mind if I take a rain check on that drink? I have to work late tonight. SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases.

Do you mind if I take a rain check?

If you tell someone you will take a rain check, you are saying that you will not accept their offer now but that you might accept it at a different time. I’m sorry, Mimi, I’m just too exhausted to go out tonight.

How do you respond to a rain check?

Here’s my answer short and sweet: I would be delighted to not have been turned down completely and either would have done the same like you, offering an alternative date, or I would have asked what would be a appropriate or convenient alternative date.

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Where does the saying take a rain check come from?

This phrase originally referred to a voucher given to spectators at a baseball game that was rained out. The “rain check” allowed them to watch another game for free.

How do you ask someone for a rain check?

For example:

  1. Your friend asks, Would you like to go to my poetry reading? and you don’t want to go. You can answer, Sorry, I’ll have to take a rain check.
  2. You might use I have to take a rain check on that to mean that you are busy and you have to respond to someone later, like if someone asks, want to chat?