can't stand the pace

can't stand the pace

Cannot do something well or at all when under stress or pressure. Don't ask Robert to do that urgent report—he can't stand the pace.
See also: pace, stand

can't stand the pace

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can't take the pace

If someone can't stand the pace or can't take the pace, they cannot work as hard or as quickly or do as much as they are expected to. Most journalists think of colleagues who go into advertising as people who couldn't stand the pace in the real game. They were constantly testing me, as if to prove I couldn't take the pace. Note: People sometimes also say that someone can stand the pace or can take the pace. Assuming the band members can stand the pace, they could end up as successful as the Spice Girls.
See also: pace, stand
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But if Lubo feels he can't stand the pace he'll use a get-out clause which allows him to retire from football on the spot, giving up the chance of Champions League action, the chance to help the Hoops retain the SPL title and around pounds 700,000 from wages and bonuses.
Sasha Haggra has trouble holding on to men - because she just can't stand the pace.
He should shut up and go back to Italy if he can't stand the pace here.
There's a new motto on the Tour: If you can't stand the pace, get out of contention.
Her husband Mick is leaving because he can't stand the pace.
However, if his legs can't stand the pace of the top flight he's likely to hang up his boots.
As for those teachers who feel that they don't get management support or can't stand the pace in schools, do something else
But this story about a little boy's big ideas regarding the world around him just can't stand the pace.
But don't worry, there are gentler rides in the park too if you can't stand the pace.
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