It means you can't do it now, but will do it later.
Comes from when sports events were rained off and people with tickets could use the stubs to exchange for tickets to the rescheduled game.
It means that they can't do it right now, but they will do it another time.
This term comes from baseball, where in the 1880s it became the practice to offer paying spectators a rain check entitling them to future admission for a game that was postponed or ended early owing to bad weather. By the early 1900s the term was transferred to tickets for other kinds of entertainment, and later to a coupon entitling a customer to buy, at a later date and at the same price, a sale item temporarily out of stock.
All that means is that they will do whatever the "Rain Check" is for and do it later. For example. I ask you if you want to get something to eat later. You reply, I am busy but I will take a "Rain Check." This means that you cant at that moment in time, but you will some other time when you have nothing going on..
I am going to take a rain check means that they are going to check on something that is not available at the time until it is available for whatever reason.
It means that they can't do it right now, but can later. Sometimes in video stores, like Hollywood Video...there are certain movies that they will guarantee in stock, and if they're not, you can ask for a "rain check" and when that movie is in, you can rent it for free. Just not now, maybe later. That's all it is.
It means literally that they will have to do it another time. It can also be used sarcastically as a way of refusing. The "politeness" of it varies depending on the tone.
"Hey Dave, wanna come to the mall Tuesday."
"I'm gonna have to take a rain check, I've got to work Tuesday."
"Hey Dave, want to come to the mall Tuesday."
[sarcastically] "Yeah.... Think I'm gonna have to take a rain check..."
It means they will do it later, they are not intersted now. It comes from a retail procedure where if thye have a sale item out of sttock you can get a rain check to get the item at the sale price when it comes in stock even if the sale is over.
It's a stupid excuse people use when they want to get out of a situation like if an ugly dude asks you to go to the movies you can be like i'll take a rain check, maybe another time.
Like in baseball. If you pay for a ticket and the game is rained out you get to see the next game for zero cents. You got a "Rain Check" or a ticket to ride. What I always wondered was, can you scalp a rain check?
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Main Entry: rain check
1 : a ticket stub good for a later performance when the scheduled one is rained out
2 : an assurance of a deferred extension of an offer; especially : a document assuring that a customer can take advantage of a sale later if the item or service offered is not available (as by being sold out)
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