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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559 247
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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486 276
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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444 277
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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387 261
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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407 284
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

7
376 301
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
345 292
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
320 293
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
215 360
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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229 400
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

12
199 350
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

13
186 366
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

14
160 326
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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164 337
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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160 352
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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154 342
You Just Spotted Your Crazy Ex... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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153 342
Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren&... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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161 371
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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147 344
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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140 327
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

22
131 308
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

23
142 349
You've Developed an Allerg... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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134 334
You've Got Jury Duty #Than... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Got Jury Duty #ThanksObama

25
38 91
You've Already Eaten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Already Eaten

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113 295
Your Car Died. On a Deserted R... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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110 287
You've Been Arrested is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You've Been Arrested

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3 4
You Participated In A Gang Ban... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Participated In A Gang Bang, And You Still Can't Walk Right

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36 99
Grandma died is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Tom Derr added Grandma died

30
98 301
Oops, You Lost Your Keys. Fore... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Oops, You Lost Your Keys. Forever

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85 279
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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86 283
Your Great Aunt Mildred Just D... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Great Aunt Mildred Just Died

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85 294
You're Experiencing a Do-I... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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74 284
You Have Plans to Study Script... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
You Have Plans to Study Scripture

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74 289
Your Kid Is Finally Getting Ou... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Kid Is Finally Getting Out of Juvie... Again

36
71 284
You Have the Squits is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
MatthewGill added You Have the Squits

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75 309
This Week is Sacred in Your Li... is listed (or ranked) 37 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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68 289
You Were Just Mugged and May N... is listed (or ranked) 38 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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58 286
Ah, You Got Audited! This Coul... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Ah, You Got Audited! This Could Take Months to Sort Out