not bear the sight of (someone or something)

(redirected from not bear the sight of)

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 ?
As his bride could not bear the sight of us, he called us all to him in the forest after he had married her and ordered us always to keep where she could never again set eyes on a Winged Monkey, which we were glad to do, for we were all afraid of her.
But Ariadne Blish was the worst failure of all, for Rose could not bear the sight of her, and said she was so like a wax doll she longed to give her a pinch and see if she would squeak.
The first time after a year's absence he returned to Misselthwaite and the small miserable looking thing languidly and indifferently lifted to his face the great gray eyes with black lashes round them, so like and yet so horribly unlike the happy eyes he had adored, he could not bear the sight of them and turned away pale as death.
My husband went, but I pretended indisposition, and that I could not possibly travel, so I stayed behind; for, in short, I could not bear the sight of his being given to another woman, though I knew I was never to have him myself.
And then, honoured sir, and then, I, being at the time a widower, with a daughter of fourteen left me by my first wife, offered her my hand, for I could not bear the sight of such suffering.
The alleged abuses came out in the open when one teacher, saying that she could not bear the sight of young children being tied to chairs, alerted the parents and a group was formed to talk to the media.
In the Capital's Tihar Jail, Singh's brother Mukesh, who is also an accused, was thrashed severely on Thursday by prisoners who could not bear the sight of him.
She said she took up the challenge to break the social myth that 'young women were the fair sex and could not bear the sight of blood'
After Willie's death, Mary Todd Lincoln "could not bear the sight of anything he loved" and "gave all of Willie's toys--everything connected with him--away" because she could not look upon them "without thinking of her poor dead boy" and to think of him in the grave was "maddening" (18182).