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The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

Updated February 20, 2020 18.9k votes 2.1k voters 93.9k views38 items

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In the world of Tinder and OKCupid, it’s practically impossible not to find yourself on a bad date or two, so why not have some good excuses to get out of a date? It’s a fundamental risk you take on the journey to true love. So you’ve no doubt been in the awkward position of having committed to a date that you desperately don’t want to go on. Maybe you were set up by your mom or a well-meaning friend, or perhaps you were just so caught off-guard when the invitation presented itself that you muttered “okay” without thinking it through. Worse yet, maybe you didn’t realize the date would be terrible until you were already trapped at the table. Regardless of the situation, don’t worry; we’ve got your back when it comes to good date excuses. We put together an extensive collection of good excuses to get out of a date, for just such occasions!

If you’re the type that isn’t out to hurt anybody’s feelings, but also can’t bear the thought of struggling through four hours of mindless small talk, you’ve come to the right place! After all, who doesn’t understand their date canceling because they got a migraine, or their grandma passed, or their parole officer showed up for a surprise home inspection? Here we’ve put together a list that’ll make you a master of the artful date dodge in no time.

Are you an expert on date excuses? Think you have something clever to add to this list of the best excuses to get out of a date? Share them with the world! Add your best lies… er, excuses here. Then make sure to vote on your favorite ones.

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    The Ace in the Hole: You're Feeling Sick

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    You're Just Not that into Them But Wish Them the Best

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    Professional Emergency! You Suddenly Got Called into Work

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    Your Headache Turned into a Massive Migraine

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    You Think You're Better as Friends

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    You're Having Lady Problems. Bad Ones

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    BFF Duty Calls! Your Friend's Tanked and Needs a D.D.

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    You're Focusing on Yourself Right Now

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    Uh Oh! It's an "Emergency" Phone Call!

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    Uh Oh! Feels Like Food Poisoning!

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    Your Sister's Sick and You Must Care for Her

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    A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst

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    Your Grandpa Escaped the Old Folks' Home Again

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    Your Car Died. On a Deserted Road. In Canada

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    One of Your Six Kids Has a Birthday Party

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    You're Saving Yourself for Marriage

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    Your Dog Just Ate All of Your Thin Mints and Needs to Go to the Hospital

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    You Just Gave Blood and Feel Dizzy

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    Your Parole Officer Just Showed Up for a Surprise Inspection

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    Your Therapist Says You Have Intimacy Issues

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    You Just Spotted Your Ex and Must Flee!

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    You've Got Jury Duty #ThanksObama

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    Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren't Ready To Date

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    You've Already Eaten

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    You've Developed an Allergy and It's Coming On