can't stand (someone or something)

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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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you, he, etc. can’t ˈstand somebody/something

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you, he, etc. can’t ˈstand the sight/sound of somebody/something

(informal) you, he, etc. dislikes or hates somebody/something or seeing/hearing somebody/something: If you can’t stand the sight of blood, you won’t make a very good nurse!I can’t stand the sight of her. OPPOSITE: think the world of somebody/something
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I'll bash the daylights out of him for I can't stand the sight of him.
Big-hearted Helen said: "No matter what else he's done, he's the dad of my boys and they deserve to see him - even if I can't stand the sight of him.
Or maybe she can't stand the sight of him and certainly doesn't want him hanging around.
There's been no staged public kiss of forgiveness; no happy family magazine picture spreads of her staring lovingly into his eyes because, I suspect, Elin can't stand the sight of him.
I can't stand the sight of him and after the court case most people felt the same.
Naturally you can't stand the sight of him but, although it's hard, you have to keep your feelings out of it for the sake of your kids.
However, Heather will depict him as the son who hates his father and can't stand the sight of him so avoids him at all costs.
Self-styled geezer Bubble was devastated when he heard some people can't stand the sight of him.
Dad could probably tolerate being in the same room as mum for a few hours but mum's so bitter she can't stand the sight of him.
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