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    rain out

    The rally was finally rained out.
    Does "rain out'" mean stop?

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    Re: rain out

    Hi,

    The usual phrase is 'rained off' not 'rained out'. But yes it means stopped.

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    Re: rain out

    Seems like 'rained out' is more common in the US then. 'Rained off' is the norm in the UK.

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    Re: rain out

    Yes, "rained out" is the standard phrase in AmE. It usually means that an event has been called off due to inclement weather and will be re-scheduled in the future.

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    Re: rain out

    When something is "rained-out," it is called off, because of an inclement weather, particularly when it's heavily raining.

    It's a pretty useful expression which is being used regularly in US and Canada, I'm not sure about UK.

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    Re: rain out

    Quote Originally Posted by MegaEriable View Post
    When something is "rained-out," it is called off, because of an inclement weather, particularly when it's heavily raining.

    It's a pretty useful expression which is being used regularly in US and Canada, I'm not sure about UK.

    The phrase originated with the U.S. sport of baseball, which in its early years was always played during the summer in outdoor stadiums. If it happened to rain hard enough (the US isn't as rainy as the UK as a rule) , the game had to be delayed. Eventually any event that was postponed due to bad weather was described as being "rained out."

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