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Samantha Dillinger
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When relationships don't work out, things can get ugly. Most people try to end relationships amicably, but what are some of the worst ways to break up with someone? This is a list of the most terrible ways to break up with your significant other. If you're planning a breakup, do your soon to be ex a favor and don't do it one of these ways.

Remember that just because you're ending a relationship doesn't mean that you won't have to see this person again. Chances are you have mutual friends and your future ex probably knows your family members. If you choose to end the relationship, remember that words can cut deep and what you say will be remembered for a long time. In fact, it can ruin your chances of having another successful relationship, and it can also hurt your ex so much that they'll find it hard to move on.

Honesty is often the best policy when you're breaking up with someone, but also remember to choose your words and timing wisely. If you want an end to a relationship, use this list of worst ways to dump someone to learn what not to do. There's no easy way to end a relationship, but these ways are truly the worst.

Cast your votes below for the worst ways to end a relationship.
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When She's Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
When She's Pregnant

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1,159 371
At Your Wedding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
At Your Wedding

3
919 397
After Sex is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
After Sex

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797 341
In Front of a Group is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
In Front of a Group

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293 85
Posting a Picture With New Sig... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Static823 added Posting a Picture With New Significant Other

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738 333
Falling for Their Sibling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Falling for Their Sibling

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776 361
By Finding Out You're Dati... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Finding Out You're Dating Someone Else

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645 315
By Hurting Them On Purpose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Hurting Them On Purpose

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704 350
By Letting Everyone Else Know ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Letting Everyone Else Know First

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639 320
As You Get Caught Cheating is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
As You Get Caught Cheating

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812 426
Via Text Message is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Via Text Message

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545 268
On Their Birthday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
On Their Birthday

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532 267
At Their Birthday Party is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
At Their Birthday Party

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494 264
After a Major Life Event is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
After a Major Life Event

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480 270
Giving Them False Hope is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Giving Them False Hope

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499 320
Asking for Breakup Sex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Asking for Breakup Sex

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106 33
While You're Sick in Hospital is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Charlei Hall added While You're Sick in Hospital

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398 248
During a Vacation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
During a Vacation

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532 349
By Changing Your Facebook Rela... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Changing Your Facebook Relationship Status

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366 239
By Lying is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Lying

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445 304
Let Them Find Out from a Frien... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Let Them Find Out from a Friend

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396 271
By Destroying Their Stuff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Destroying Their Stuff

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378 263
Avoidance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Avoidance

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353 254
By Blocking Them on Facebook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Blocking Them on Facebook

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366 271
By Leaving a Note is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Leaving a Note

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320 257
By Telling Their Parents is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
By Telling Their Parents

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357 294
Via Email is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Via Email

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289 241
During the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
During the Holidays

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271 226
Dragging It On is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Dragging It On

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259 223
When You're Drunk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
When You're Drunk

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286 252
"It's Not You, It'... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
"It's Not You, It's Me"

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255 224
Via Voicemail is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Via Voicemail

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278 247
Making Sure Everyone Knows is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Making Sure Everyone Knows

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20 4
Nut on their face and then tel... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Nut on their face and then tell them, "It's not you, it's me."

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257 245
Finally stop playing their I t... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
ripleysales added Finally stop playing their I think we should break up game once a week and agree for real.

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220 209
Happy Valentine's Day 2015 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
VanessaAlly added Happy Valentine's Day 2015

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214 239
At Your Special Place is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
At Your Special Place

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208 248
During a Date is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
During a Date

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227 272
Being Brutally Honest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
Being Brutally Honest

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13 23
When they didn't know that you... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
BeastMaster1 added When they didn't know that you were even dating?

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165 264
While Stuck in Traffic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Ways to Break Up with Someone
While Stuck in Traffic