why do they call it a rain check

Rain check meant - in case or because it is raining, I'll write you a check/ticket of compensation for the loss due to the rain. Instead of actual rain, nowadays it could be any obstructive or contingent situation that prevents an event or the benefits of an event from occurring. Did the hotel encounter a situation which prevents you from enjoying their service? So that they should now present you with a replacement opportunity. In which case, the hotel could give you a rain-check replacement. Did you encounter/provoke a situation of your own perturbation which prevents you from enjoying their service?


So that now you have to provide a rain-check to the hotel as replacement opportunity for them to enjoy your patronage. In which case, you would tell the hotel,
"Could you take a rain-check? To privilege me to be your guest not this week but next. " metaphorical usage from 1896, more generally from 1930. Since at least 1870, baseball teams would reissue tickets in case of postponement due to rain, which became known as rain checks. ( plural Any voucher or note from a to a to provide an item the merchant has run out of at a later date for the item's current price, or (in a more literal sense) to provide a service at a later date. 1877, Chicago Times, July 8, 1877: The St.


Louis club is the only nine in the league which gives its patrons the right to see a full game or no pay. In Chicago and other cities, after the first inning is interrupted by rain the spectators are supposed to have received their moneys worth. In St.


Louis rain checks are issued in such cases. 1896, Caduceus of Kappa Sigma, volume 11, [Regarding visiting the Indianapolis, Indiana chapter of the fraternity Kappa Sigma] if in any respect the affair does not suit youcall at the box office and youll get your money back or get a rain check, just as you please. In social, a polite way to turn down an, with the implication one is simply it and that another time would be. I can't go with you to the museum this Saturday, but can I take a rain check and go some other day?

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why do they call it a rain check