not bear the sight of (someone or something)

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not bear the sight of (someone or something)

To be unable to tolerate, accept, or endure someone or something; to severely dislike or be thoroughly repelled by someone or something. I know I couldn't bear the sight of that horrible receptionist every day if I were to work here. He's just so mean and unpleasant! I can't bear the sight of my mother-in-law, but there are a few occasions each year where I can't avoid having to spend time with her. I absolutely cannot bear the sight of shellfish. Just being near it is enough to make me gag!
See also: bear, not, of, sight
References in classic literature ?
You know very well that she can't bear the sight of him.
Tennant, from Paisley, said: 'The first comment I read was very nice, the next comment was terribly flattering and then the next one said something like, 'I can't bear the sight of him.
They can't bear the sight of him any more, unless it's in a witness box telling the truth.