Advice The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date  

Ashley Reign
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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 died, 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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You're Just Not that into ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You're Just Not that into Them But Wish Them the Best

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544 240
The Ace in the Hole: You'r... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
The Ace in the Hole: You're Feeling Sick

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473 267
Professional Emergency! You Su... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Professional Emergency! You Suddenly Got Called into Work

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434 265
The F Bomb: You Think You'... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
The F Bomb: You Think You're Better as Friends

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377 256
Your Headache Turned into a Ma... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Headache Turned into a Massive Migraine

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396 276
You're Focusing on Yoursel... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You're Focusing on Yourself Right Now

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365 295
You're Having Lady Problem... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You're Having Lady Problems. Bad Ones

8
331 286
BFF Duty Calls! Your Friend... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
BFF Duty Calls! Your Friend's Tanked and Needs a D.D.

9
314 286
Uh Oh! It's an "Emerg... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Uh Oh! It's an "Emergency" Phone Call!

10
210 349
Uh Oh! Feels Like Food Poisoni... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Uh Oh! Feels Like Food Poisoning!

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225 390
You're Saving Yourself for... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You're Saving Yourself for Marriage

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195 344
Your Sister's Sick and You... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Sister's Sick and You Must Care for Her

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182 357
One of Your Six Kids Has a Bir... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
One of Your Six Kids Has a Birthday Party

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159 317
A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst

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159 329
Your Crazy Grandpa Escaped the... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Crazy Grandpa Escaped the Old Folks' Home Again

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155 341
Your Therapist Says You Have I... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Therapist Says You Have Intimacy Issues

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150 334
Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren&... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren't Ready To Date

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150 335
You Just Spotted Your Crazy Ex... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Just Spotted Your Crazy Ex and Must Flee!

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158 363
You Suddenly Rekindled an Old ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Suddenly Rekindled an Old Flame

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145 337
You Just Gave Blood and Feel D... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Just Gave Blood and Feel Dizzy

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138 322
Your Parole Officer Just Showe... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Parole Officer Just Showed Up for a Surprise Inspection

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129 303
Your Dog Just Ate All of Your ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Dog Just Ate All of Your Thin Mints and Needs to Go to the Hospital

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132 328
You've Got Jury Duty #Than... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Got Jury Duty #ThanksObama

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138 345
You've Developed an Allerg... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Developed an Allergy and It's Starting to Attack

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106 283
You've Been Arrested is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Been Arrested

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35 88
You've Already Eaten is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Already Eaten

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107 293
Your Car Died. On a Deserted R... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Car Died. On a Deserted Road. In Canada

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33 93
Grandma died is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Tom Derr added Grandma died

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96 297
Oops, You Lost Your Keys. Fore... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Oops, You Lost Your Keys. Forever

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85 279
Your Great Aunt Mildred Just D... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Great Aunt Mildred Just Died

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84 276
You Had an Eye Appointment and... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Had an Eye Appointment and Can't Even With Light

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85 291
You're Experiencing a Do-I... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You're Experiencing a Do-It-Yourself Hair-Dye Disaster

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71 280
You Have Plans to Study Script... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Have Plans to Study Scripture

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72 286
Your Kid Is Finally Getting Ou... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Kid Is Finally Getting Out of Juvie... Again

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69 280
You Have the Squits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
MatthewGill added You Have the Squits

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75 306
This Week is Sacred in Your Li... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
This Week is Sacred in Your Little Known Religion

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66 284
You Were Just Mugged and May N... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Were Just Mugged and May Never Trust Again

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58 283
Ah, You Got Audited! This Coul... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Ah, You Got Audited! This Could Take Months to Sort Out