to take a rain check

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to turn down an invitation

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

I’ll take a rain check’ or ’Can I take a rain check ?’ is something you say when you cannot or don’t want to accept someone’s invitation to do something just yet, but may consider later.

French translation

Je vais y réfléchir

How NOT to translate : *prendre un chèque de pluie


Examples in context

‘Rain delays Sydney’s richest race carnival

Jen Hawkins has had to take a rain check but organisers of Sydney’s richest racing carnival are hoping crowds will turn out on Monday after heavy rain forced the postponement of The Championships at Randwick.

Stewards made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s $10 million race meeting after relentless rain raised concerns about safety and track conditions.
The Championships is seen as Sydney’s answer to the Melbourne Cup and features some of the country’s richest races in a nearly $20 million program over two consecutive Saturdays.’

The Daily Mail, 4th April 2015


’How to network in an elevator without being creepy’

The all important factor : Make the close.

It’s time for them to get off. Take note of the floor and the company. If this happens in your own office building, invite them to check out your office. If they say they’ll take a rain check, ask for their card to follow up. Give them a business card regardless, and emphasize how much you enjoyed meeting them., 9th January 2015


Everyday usage

I won’t play tennis this afternoon but can I get a rain check ?

Mind if I take a rain check on our meeting ? I have to work late tonight.

b) to receive a rubber cheque

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c) to be stood up

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