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A passive-aggressive method to 'break up' with a friend without being hurtful. Similar to ghosting, this method is NOT an abrupt process and can apply to just about anyone. Care should be taken when choosing this strategy:

• Take longer and longer intervals to return phone calls, text messages, etc.. and avoid making commitments. For ex: take a week to return a voicemail or a few days for a text. As the weeks go by, the lag between all communications gradually increases.

• Never answer the phone if you see that person's number on your caller ID. Wait at least a week to return the message (unless it's an emergency), preferably via text.

• Avoid face-to-face meetings (like coffee or lunch) and make excuses to skip activities you both enjoyed previously (like going to the movies).

The goal is to gently un-friend that person at a kind and gingerly pace. It can be a very effective method for those averse to conflict or part of tightly knit groups. Over time, your feelings may change, and you may want to rekindle the friendship. With this method, you haven't burned all your bridges.
After years of being told by her best friend that she needed to lose weight, Lizzie decided to do the friendly fade. She started by avoiding her phone calls, not replying right away to her texts, and making her invisible on her Facebook timeline.
by nejking December 02, 2015
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Briefly, "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." Originally from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which has a lot more beautiful neologism definitions like this you might enjoy.
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when you and one of your friends fight just to see who would win in a fight, usually occurs after an arguement where one friend says he can knock the dog mess out of the other. there a few simple rules to a friendly fade which makes it friendly,

1) if one person is on the ground you may not kick them or hit them in the face repeatedly if you are standing.

2) you may not kick in the balls or punch in the tit

3) after everything is said and done you are still friends and there are no grudges.
tom: i would kick the s**t out of dave man hes such a pussy

dave: bulls**t i would kill you

tom: ok then lets friendly fade

dace: alright, my house at 4

tom: ok!

(fight goes on and ends, dave is thee victor)

tom: nice fight dude you totally whooped me

dave: yea but you threw some pretty good hands man, wanna get some pizza?

tom: sure, ima get meat lovers

dave: cus you love meat in your mouth!! haha

tom: funny guy!!
by molten chief January 21, 2010
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