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verb (used with object)
to put (someone) in the friend zone:
He wonders why he's always getting friend-zoned by women he likes.
a friendship in which one person, typically male, is romantically or sexually attracted to the other, but the attraction is not mutual:
He's obviously in love with her but she keeps him in the friend zone.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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