[ reyn-out ]
/ ˈreɪnˌaʊt /
a contest, performance, or the like, that has been rained out.
Also called washout. the removal of radioactive particles or other foreign substances from the atmosphere by precipitation.
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Origin of rainout
1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rain out
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British Dictionary definitions for rainout
/ (ˈreɪnˌaʊt) /
radioactive fallout or atmospheric pollution carried to the earth by rain
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Idioms and Phrases with rainout
Force the cancellation or postponement of some event owing to bad weather. For example, Our picnic was rained out, but we hope to have it next week. [1920s]
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