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can't stand (someone or something)

Cannot tolerate someone or something due to an aversion or a strong sense of disgust or dislike. Ugh, I can't stand obnoxious guys who always have to dominate the conversation. I could never be a doctor or nurse—I just can't stand the sight of blood. Now I'm just waiting to hear if I got into my first-choice school, and the uncertainty is killing me. I can't stand it!
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can't stand (the sight of) someone or something

 and can't stomach someone or something
Fig. [to be] unable to tolerate someone or something; disliking someone or something extremely. (Also with cannot.) I can't stand the sight of cooked carrots. Mr. Jones can't stomach the sight of blood. None of us can stand this place. Nobody can stand Tom when he smokes a cigar.
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can't stand

Also, can't abide or bear or stomach . Thoroughly dislike; be unable to put up with something or someone. For example, I can't stand the sight of her; she's obnoxious, or I can't bear to leave the country, or I can't stomach a filthy kitchen. The oldest of these synonymous expressions is can't abide, which Shakespeare used in 2 Henry IV (3:2): "She could not abide Master Shallow." Can't stand dates from the early 1600; can't bear dates from about 1700 and often but not always is used with an infinitive; can't stomach dates from the late 1600s and today is less common than the others.
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Diagnosed with OCD, Lesley lives with her 23-year-old, part-time student daughter Tuesday, who can't abide contact with others and who compulsively washes her hands up to 50 times a day.
But the one I can't abide is the inexplicable disconnection between how some hotels perceive themselves and the service they provide and how the ordinary customer sees them," she added.
Carr joked: "Why don't What I really can't abide is being told: "Do as I say, not as I do.
Conservative billionaires are queuing up to pour money into Romney's campaign to oust a President they can't abide.
If the parliament members can't abide by the system, how can we expect others to abide by the system set by such a parliament?
The pressure for wage equality is being felt on many levels - women who have to work can't abide the idea of earning less than a man in the same job -besides the injustice of it, being paid less is demeaning - it diminishes her importance and talent by suggesting that she has the job because she can be had for less than a man with the same skills or education.
Both of us like traditional wallpapers and can't abide stylised florals which seem to make up the bulk of them at the moment.
This is the perfect gun for women who want a firearm that expresses their femininity, but can't abide the idea of a colored gun.
I can't abide someone dishonoring these families, who've been through so much, in this way.
She can't abide a lizard Or a python or a goat, And to keep an alligator, We'd need to build a moat.
Carroty Kate is aligned with a truly evil man who can't abide small children and threatens, meaningfully, to tie Ivy in a sack and drown her in the Thames if she doesn't stop crying.
I can't abide spicy food and avoid anything that is potentially too hot to handle.
John McCain; the Republican Party; talk radio; shout-fest cable TV; political cynics; anyone who can't abide the thought of a woman or an African-American as the next president of the United States; and anyone who needed "I told you so" evidence that mainstream TV political journalism has utterly lost its way and become largely irrelevant.