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Let’s face it, breaking up isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s necessary. So when the time is right, we’re calling all ladies to channel their inner strength and, as the saying goes, be cruel to be kind. It’s cut throat time — no ifs, ands or buts about it. But the question remains–how do you say goodbye for good?

If you’ve recently reached the conclusion that it’s over, then there’s no reason to feel bad about cutting the strings. After all, the longer you wait the harder it will be. Need help? Here are ten ways to break it off:

1. Short & Sweet

It’s a little insensitive and we don’t recommend it unless it’s been a very short term relationship. This method is somewhat of a kiss-off. It’s when you meet your guy in the early evening, ready to go to dinner with your girls. They’re waiting in the cab and you’re planting a kiss on his cheek while saying, “It was fun, but things just aren’t meant to be.” You blow him a kiss, say “see you around,” and voila! Just like that, you’re unattached and ready for a fun-filled evening!

2. The Excuse

Excuses are probably the easiest thing to come up with, so use it to your advantage under these circumstances. Think of something debilitating and believable like the fact that your school or work has you on overload, leaving you short on personal time and close to a meltdown. Or, you can say that a boyfriend is something you can’t emotionally handle at the moment. Guys use that excuse all the time anyway, so don’t feel bad about it.

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3. The Futuristic Way

You spend almost every waking hour on your computer and Blackberry or iPhone and you don’t necessarily care if you see your significant other ever again (including the time it would take to call it quits in person). Next time he texts, bbms or instant messages you with plans, respond with a simple, “Sorry, but I’m just not interested and don’t see this going anywhere.” He’ll probably call you or send a message back in response that has confusion written all over it. Be sensitive, but firm

4. He’s a Jerk

So the guy did you wrong. The only thoughts that have his name attached to them are definitely not pretty. All you care about is getting him out of your life and fast. Simply look him in the eye, tell him it’s over, and walk out of there with your head held high and your dignity intact.

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