Relationships 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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571 253
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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494 284
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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455 281
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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395 267
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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417 291
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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384 310
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

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351 302
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.

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324 303
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!

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218 371
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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232 411
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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202 361
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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187 376
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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166 348
Your Crazy Grandpa Escaped the... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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161 338
A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst

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156 349
You Just Spotted Your Crazy Ex... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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161 362
Your Therapist Says You Have I... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Therapist Says You Have Intimacy Issues

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156 352
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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164 379
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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150 352
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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140 335
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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132 315
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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144 355
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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135 344
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

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116 302
Your Car Died. On a Deserted R... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date
Your Car Died. On a Deserted Road. In Canada