can't stand

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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References in classic literature ?
But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it.
When boys and girls are growing up, life can't stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no.
I've got my work all day--indeed, a great deal too much of it--but when I come home in the evening, I tell you, I can't stand the house.
But I can't stand those people who run down comforts.
I'm that groggy I can't stand, but I just keep a-goin', wallopin' the Terror clear across the ring to his corner, where he slips an' falls, an' I fall on top of 'm.
I can't stand any more of it," said one red-faced gentleman.
I can't stand this any more," said Ilyin, noticing that Rostov did not relish Zdrzhinski's conversation.
I can't stand such a mania as this; it would kill me
If he can't stand on his hind legs he can't barrel-jump--you've heard about Ruth, Johnny.
Men can't stand on being respectful when their houses are going to be burnt over their heads, with them in 'em.
I'd let her scold me all day long, for she understands; but she can't stand up for me against aunt Mirandy; she's about as afraid of her as I am.
Scraps ought to, being rags herself," said the cat; "but I simply can't stand it; it makes my whiskers curl.
But even with these things confirmed and said, "1 can't, I can't, I can't stand losing you", I'm here, sitting on the edge of my bed, Watching the cars drive down the avenue.
Things got too extreme for Padda that she told her players she can't stand up anymore.
In fact, David Cameron reportedly once remarked "I can't stand that woman" as he was about to take part in a live TV slot I was hosting.
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