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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586 264
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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509 289
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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465 291
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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406 271
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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424 298
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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395 313
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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360 304
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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329 307
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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225 374
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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234 422
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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206 367
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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189 384
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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165 343
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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168 354
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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160 354
Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren&... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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164 364
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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157 353
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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165 385
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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151 357
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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134 318
Your Dog Just Ate All of Your ... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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141 340
Your Parole Officer Just Showe... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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146 357
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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137 349
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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43 99
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