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    Question Meaning of " No Rainchecks"

    Can anyone let me know the actual meaning of the term " No Rainchecks" which appears with certain product advertisments here in Australia?
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    Re: Meaning of " No Rainchecks"

    A raincheck is a voucher issued by a sports stadium after a rained-off fixture, allowing the holder to get in free for the next match. It's also been extended to have a figuratuve meaning - when someone turns down an invitation but wants to accept at a later date: 'I can't come round for a drink after work tonight, but can you give me a raincheck? I'd love to catch up with you.'

    I don't know if the original (sporting) meaning or the figurative one is more common in Australian English.

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    Re: Meaning of " No Rainchecks"

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanj View Post
    Can anyone let me know the actual meaning of the term " No Rainchecks" which appears with certain product advertisments here in Australia?
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    Lysan
    In American English, in the context you're using, a raincheck would be considered an extension of an offer beyond the established time limits. For example, if I go to a supermarket and butter is on sale, but they're out of it at the time, I can ask for a raincheck to buy the butter at the same price even after the sale is over at the reduced price.

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    Re: Meaning of " No Rainchecks"

    It's your idiom! I only know about the sporting origin because I had to have it explained to me when I first heard it (from an American). I didn't know about the usage you mentioned (extended sale period), which seems a more likely explanation for the Australian case.

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