Rejection, basically, once someone says this to you, you're thrown into the friend zone, this is a hard place to get out of and you know you fucked up somewhere if this is where you end up.
Fairly good looking guy meets fairly good looking girl, a few weeks later they can't stop talking to eachother, the guy is really into her and thinks she feels the same way, he is about to say something to the girl, meanwhile the girl is thiking "great, another friend" the conversation goes like this-
guy-i've been having a great time with you lateley.
(at this point the girl thinks "wow, we are so much alike", the guy is thinking "thats a good sign")
guy-i kind of have a confession to make - i have felings for you
girl-i'm so sorry, i just see us as friends
(at this point, the girl is thinking "i see us as just friends, i'm not into you in that way" the guy is thinking "for fuck sake!")
so, going by that example, the guy got thrown into the friend zone because he went about getting the girl in the wrong way, now they may still be friends, but there will be tension for a long time, other typical reasons why you might hear these words are-you're ugly/have a bad personality/the person who says this isn't single.
when you fall in love with someone, say your best friend, and it doesn't work out because you're her "Friend". to her, you're just friends.
A woman has a close male friend. This means that he is probably interested in her, which is why he hangs around so much. She sees him strictly as a friend. This always starts out with, you're a great guy, but I don't like you in that way. This is roughly the equivalent for the guy of going to a job interview and the company saying, You have a great resume, you have all the qualifications we are looking for, but we're not going to hire you. We will, however, use your resume as the basis for comparison for all other applicants. But, we're going to hire somebody who is far less qualified and is probably an alcoholic. And if he doesn't work out, we'll hire somebody else, but still not you. In fact, we will never hire you. But we will call you from time to time to complain about the person that we hired.
"just friends" example from bash.org
The worst words a person can ever hear.
Yuliya: I really like you a lot Nick.
Nick: I'm sorry, I like you, but not like that, I hope we can still be just friends.
"Lets just be friends"....Translation: "I don't just want you to mourn the loss; I want to remind you of it every day. I want you to suffer. I want you to envy. I want you to die slowly, a bit at a time. And I want you to smile and thank me for it."
Guy: I love you hun!
Girl: Me to ^_^
*five minutes later*
Girl: I think we need to get to know each other better, lets just be friends
Guy: Just Friends? *dismay*
Situation when a female doesn't want to pursue a relationship with a male because he is too nice to her.
Peggy just wants to be friends with Al.
An excuse used by girls to avoid having to actualy tell a guy that "shes just not that into him"
boy > "i really like you" (*im obsessing*)
girl > "but we're just friends"(*you're creeping me out, leave me alone, there is no way i would be caught dead with a guy like you!*)
A polite way of saying "never gonna date/screw/ect."
Hey (insert name), is that your boyfriend?
No, (insert name of opposite sex) and I are just friends.
When a girl is too full of shit and shallow to tell you she is disgusted by your sweet and respectful nature and would never be caught dead in public holding hands let alone dating you.
In the park taking a stroll
bimbo: I think you're really sweet, nice, and cute...
guy: *in the back of his mind* sweet I finally found a good looking girl who will go out with me because being a respectful guy finally pays off...
bimbo: ...but we should be just friends.
guy: What the fuck does that mean, so you're saying you would rather be treated like shit rather than with respect?
bimbo: Well no...
guy: *slaps her across the face and calls her a bitch out loud*
bimbo: *jumps onto him and starts making out with him right on the ground like animals*