The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

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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 ... 
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    You're Just Not that into Them But Wish Them the Best

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    The Ace in the Hole: You'r... 
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    The Ace in the Hole: You're Feeling Sick

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    Professional Emergency! You Su... 
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    Professional Emergency! You Suddenly Got Called into Work

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    The F Bomb: You Think You'... 
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    The F Bomb: You Think You're Better as Friends

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    You're Focusing on Yoursel... 
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    You're Focusing on Yourself Right Now

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    Your Headache Turned into a Ma... 
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    Your Headache Turned into a Massive Migraine

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    You're Having Lady Problem... 
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    You're Having Lady Problems. Bad Ones

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    Uh Oh!  It's an "Emerg... 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

    Uh Oh! It's an "Emergency" Phone Call!

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    BFF Duty Calls! Your Friend... 
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    BFF Duty Calls! Your Friend's Tanked and Needs a D.D.

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    You're Saving Yourself for... 
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    You're Saving Yourself for Marriage

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    Your Sister's Sick and You... 
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    Your Sister's Sick and You Must Care for Her

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    Uh Oh! Feels Like Food Poisoni... 
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    Uh Oh! Feels Like Food Poisoning!

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    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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    You Just Spotted Your Crazy Ex... 
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    You Just Spotted Your Crazy Ex and Must Flee!

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    Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren&... 
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    Your AA Sponsor Said You Aren't Ready To Date

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    Your Crazy Grandpa Escaped the... 
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    Your Crazy Grandpa Escaped the Old Folks' Home Again

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    You Just Gave Blood and Feel D... 
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    You Just Gave Blood and Feel Dizzy

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    You've Got Jury Duty #Than... 
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    You've Got Jury Duty #ThanksObama

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    Your Therapist Says You Have I... 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

    Your Therapist Says You Have Intimacy Issues

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    You Suddenly Rekindled an Old ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

    You Suddenly Rekindled an Old Flame

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    You've Developed an Allerg... 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 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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    A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst 
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    A Pipe in Your Bathroom Burst

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    Your Dog Just Ate All of Your ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 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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    Your Parole Officer Just Showe... 
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    Your Parole Officer Just Showed Up for a Surprise Inspection

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    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

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    You've Been Arrested 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

    You've Been Arrested

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    Oops, You Lost Your Keys. Fore... 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

    Oops, You Lost Your Keys. Forever

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    You're Experiencing a Do-I... 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 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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    Your Great Aunt Mildred Just D... 
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    Your Great Aunt Mildred Just Died

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    You Had an Eye Appointment and... 
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    You Had an Eye Appointment and Can't Even With Light

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    You Have Plans to Study Script... 
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    You Have Plans to Study Scripture

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    This Week is Sacred in Your Li... 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 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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    You Have the Squits 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

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    You Have the Squits

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    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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    You Were Just Mugged and May N... 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 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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    Ah, You Got Audited! This Coul... 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

    Ah, You Got Audited! This Could Take Months to Sort Out

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