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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.

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by bwoken July 30, 2006
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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.
by xxYuli November 11, 2005
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adj. someone that you are associated with non-stop, always asked if you are dating, but you aren't because one or both of you won't admit to liking each other.
by Ahleksis March 19, 2011
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1. an easy way to stab someone

2. or an easy piss-weak excuse to tell people "we're not dating" when you totally are
1. boy: look, i'm not sure this is going anywhere... lets just be friends?
girl: just friends? (dies a little bit)

person: are you two together?
couple: (in perfect unison) no we're just friends.
person: (not buying it) uhuhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
by GODFREY! March 18, 2009
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"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*
by xXxOutCastxXx May 07, 2006
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Words that could quite possibly make someone kill them selfs if heard by a Crush/Opposite Sex
Cameron: hey Jamie, will you go out with me

Jamie: *long pause* um... i think i want us to stay just friends

Cameron: *dies inside* I think im gonna go home and slit my wrists
by Pedro_Salty_Ballz August 08, 2009
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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.
girl-me too.
(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.
by mastodong October 16, 2006
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