4 Ways to Avoid Kissing Goodnight at the End of the Date

Updated on June 12, 2018
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Avoiding the Goodnight Kiss

Sometimes a date just doesn't go as well as you had hoped. And maybe it went better in your date's eyes. Perhaps this is the last time you want to see that other person, or maybe you just don't want to kiss on the first date.

You're anticipating what will happen at the end of the night and are fervently hoping that the other party is hoping for a hug at most.

If you have that horrible blind date set-up on Valentine's Day or anytime, you may want to find a way to avoid the goodnight kiss at the end of the evening. Whether you're a man or a woman, there are ways you can avoid that kiss at the end of the night.

1. Keep Your Distance

In order to avoid the dreaded kiss at the end of the night, just keep your distance. Keep a few healthy feet between you; you can even back away if he or she creeps closer. If you know early on that this person just isn't for you, start distancing yourself as early in the evening as possible.

As the awkward possible first kiss approaches, don't engage in meaningful conversation. Chat instead about the weather, or, better yet, about how tired you are, how busy you are the next day, and how you absolutely have to be going. Don't linger. Just walk away.

Bad lips or bad breath

If you have a cold or chapped lips, you're in business. If your blemishes are not obvious, then just mention—several times—how sore or dry your lips are, how afraid you are they will crack with this cold, dry, winter weather.

If you know early enough in the evening that there is no way you want to kiss this person, eat lots of onions or smelly fish when you go out to dinner earlier in the evening. Eat lots of smelly foods and breathe heavily into your date's face whenever possible.

2. Say You Are Sick

I would hate for anyone to lie, but are you really lying if you are really, really SICK of the date and just want to go home? Surely your tummy is hurting or your head is pounding. Maybe you could cough or sneeze a little bit? If you could run to the ladies' or men's room and vomit, then you are sure to seal a no-kiss evening with the lingering scent from your lips.

If you really can't come up with an illness and don't want to blatantly lie without evidence of even an upset tummy, then there are other ways to avoid the goodnight kiss. Just pick an excuse and go with it.

More Tips on Avoiding a Kiss

3. Cough and Clear Your Throat

Despite your intentions throughout the night to give the signal that a kiss at the door just isn't happening, you may still fear that your partner may think differently. There are some last-ditch efforts at the end of the night that you can certainly implement.

If, at the moment, you feel the impending unwanted kiss, cough and clear your throat off and on. Hack up some stuff and spit if you need to. Be as unattractive as you can. A burp would be a nice touch if you can pull it off. Do what you can to ruin the moment.

4. Turn the Other Cheek

Seriously, and literally, turning the other cheek can save you from an unwanted kiss. If he or she swoops in, turn your cheek, whether the right or the left one. It doesn't matter. Just turn that cheek to let the kiss fall on it. Give a quick hug if you have to, and say your goodbyes.

It is important at this point to follow the previous advice and don't linger. Back off and just walk away. Walk away.

But What If You Want to Kiss Goodnight?

Okay, so now you have some ways to avoid kissing goodnight after your date. However, what if the date does go well, and you do want that goodnight kiss? Well, that's another situation entirely. Do the opposite of the advice given in this article.

For now, I hope that you have some ideas that will help save you from that awkward moment when you are struggling to avoid the unwanted kiss. Good luck!

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      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        haha, Randall! Now you know the real truth! :-)

      • Randall Guinn profile image

        Randall Guinn 

        3 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

        I knowed it, I knowed it. After all these years now we see. I always thought it was funny, all them girls getting sick.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        girishpuri! I'm glad it made your day! :-)

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Epi--So good to see you! You are so funny. I am sure the garlic has helped! Funny about Jimmy Carter. That has been some time ago. I'm glad you survived the dog pound! :-)

      • girishpuri profile image

        Girish puri 

        5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

        Breathing onion breath....hilarious, You make my day

      • epigramman profile image

        epigramman 

        5 years ago

        Well I usually eat garlic and date only men.

        lol.

        Nice to see you've got a perfect score but then again you are a perfect hubber and I am so happy for your success.

        Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 1:28am

        And the last time someone kissed me I think Jimmy Carter was your President and that's only because I had to spend the night in the dog pound, lol

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        nataliejs--I don't understand forcing one's self to date, either, unless they're just really dying to meet someone. Thanks for your input. I totally agree!

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        Natalie Schaeffer 

        5 years ago from Farmersville, CA

        I couldn't help giggling as I read this, especially the part about breathing onion-breath in your date's face or burping lol Personally, I think blind dates are a set-up for disaster. It's better to just let fate run its course, and eventually the right person will gravitate to you somehow somewhere. I don't understand why people FORCE themselves to date. That just ruins it, in my opinion. This is a great article for anybody who has ever been at an awkward risk of receiving an unwanted kiss.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        LIzam1--haha, good point! I'll bet it will come back to you when the opportunity rises! :-)

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        Lizam1 

        5 years ago from Victoria BC

        Ha, as I have just started looking at dating again, this is very timely advice! It seems a lot harder to even think of a first kiss at my age - almost dreading it as much as I did when I was a teen and wondered if I'd know how to do it LOL

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        alexadry--haha! That's good for you. Takes off the pressure! :-) Thanks for reading--and for the comments, too!

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        Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

        5 years ago from USA

        This hub was fun to read. Thankfully, I am happily married now and don't need to make up a bunch of excuses anymore, lol!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        teaches--Yeah, when it's your own guy, it's different, huh? haha. Hope you and yours have a great Valentine's Day!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        5 years ago

        Good tips for warding off that unwanted kiss. I think this will help those out there that want to make a point without being too rude. I do welcome all my hubby's though!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Kathryn, I agree about blind dates. They're usually pretty awful. I only tried it a few times. Thanks for reading!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        agusfanani--"Polite and elegant"--I love that comment. Very sweet!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Hey, steph! Good to see you and so glad the title caught your eye. That is very cool. Thanks!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        LOL, Angela, the spinach is a great idea! Must remember that one!

        adrienne2--Great point about good old-fashioned dating! Just a kiss? Hmmm. . . . :-)

        GiblinGirl--Thanks! Maybe the tips will help someone out. haha

      • Kathryn Stratford profile image

        Kathryn 

        5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        These are clever tips for an awkward moment. I have never been on a blind date. I think it is too much of a gamble for me.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Effer--Yeah, nauseous is good. Vomit is better. Oh, sorry. hahaha. I always hated that awkward moment when I didn't know what to do--or if I should just run!!!!! :-)

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        agusfanani 

        5 years ago from Indonesia

        Wow good tips and those are really safe techniques without offending others' feeling, specially by saying : You are sick, that's polite and elegant.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Susan--OH, yeah, Mono would definitely be useful! :-)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        This is great! The title alone made me want to read it. I was always too concerned about hurting feelings. Wish I could go back in time and use these kissing tips. Best, Steph

      • GiblinGirl profile image

        GiblinGirl 

        5 years ago from New Jersey

        LOL - Very practical advice :)

      • adrienne2 profile image

        Adrienne F Manson 

        5 years ago from Atlanta

        This hub is to funny! I love it -- avoiding kissing goodnight. I was sitting here thinking to myself --- a kiss goodnight in this day and time. These folks today are all about the hook up LOL!! You have some good pointers here especially keeping the distance. I will have to remember that one. The last few dates I have been on I was wondering what in the world has happen to real dating?? If the guy is into you they certainly don't want a good night kiss they are looking to come in the house with you (if you know what I mean). Thanks for sharing I have voted up and funny.

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        Angela Blair 

        5 years ago from Central Texas

        One can also wedge a piece of spinach between their two front teeth at dinner -- and wear it the rest of the evening -- works every time! Great Hub and I enjoyed it immensely! Best/Sis

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Thanks, lovedoctor! Glad you thought it was funny! :-)

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        Paula 

        5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Well, Vee.....I've only had a couple of blind dates, many years ago....and I don't even remember if there was a good night kiss, if I dodged it...OR, if I was the one who gave it!.....But I can tell you, I had a few intentional dates..where I suddenly got very sick, and asked to go home.....the best trick is to claim you are "nauseous." The thought of someone barfing is a total "turn-off!!" LOL...UP++

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        Susan Zutautas 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        It's been quite a few years since I've been out on a date but I think the sick excuse works really from what I remember.

        "Oh did I not mention that I'm just getting over Mono?"

        Funny yet a useful hub.

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        lovedoctor926 

        5 years ago

        Voting up funny! Good tips to avoid that awkward good night kiss.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        girishpuri--LOL. Funny. Thanks for the comments!

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        Girish puri 

        5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

        I believe woman do know how to do this, but certainly don't....lol. fun hub, God bless.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Jeannie--I actually thought of you when I was writing this hub! You write so many funny hubs; I figured that you could come up with some great excuses! haha. You're so funny. Maybe the guy really was sick. :-) heehee

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        Jeannie InABottle 

        5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

        Oh man, I know exactly what you mean! I have figured out ways to avoid the kiss goodnight, too. I usually go in for a hug goodnight and the guy realizes he is not going to get anywhere with me. Sometimes the guy isn't worth a hug though... a nice wave and "hey, nice meeting you!" is all he is getting. When all else fails, you are right about being sick. Now that you mention it, a guy used that excuse with me recently... hey, wait a minute. Bummer.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Seriously, Cags, why blind dates? I used to have friends who thought they had a great person for me, I guess since we were both single. LOL. I think I did just a few blind dates. Awful. Thanks for reading and commenting, Cags!

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        Cagsil 

        5 years ago from USA or America

        Interesting take. Quite funny too! :P As for blind dates? Why would anyone allow someone else setup a date, without first any interaction? Sounds like a plan for failure. ;) But, it seems as though you've covered a few things to help. :)

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Bill, maybe women do know how to do this, but perhaps there are some men out there who need these tips. LOL. Thanks for reading!

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        LOL...I just assumed women knew how to do this naturally. Seems like a lot of my blind dates ended up with a cheek turned. :) Fun hub, Vicki!

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