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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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


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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References in classic literature ?
The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell -- everything's so awful reg'lar a body can't stand it."
I ain't every- body, and I can't STAND it. It's awful to be tied up so.
But that would be perpetuating stereotypes, and if there's anything I can't stand it's perpetuating stereotypes about rodents, such as the fact that Tom DeLay hoards food pellets.
If there is something I can't stand it's people blo wing smoke into my face when I'm trying toe at at a restaurant.
IF there's one thing I can't stand it's a small businessman who can't keep his word.
Some can't stand it for too long, so we're getting new people on.
This goes on for about five minutes, until even Luntz, who has listened to them all during his career as a professional pollster, can't stand it any more.
Then there's the "if a doll can't stand it's own two feet what does this tell you?" lesson that Barbie teaches.
If there's one thing I can't stand it's woodlice and there they were blatantly wanting to crawl up my arm and into my clothing, pesky little creatures.
IF there's one thing I can't stand it's someone who's too big for her boots.
If there's one thing I can't stand it's snobbery and it always seems to come out in people when I tell them I prefer Butlin's for a holiday as opposed to going abroad.
If there's one person Jimmy Hill can't stand it's ...
And if there's one thing people can't stand it's a tightfisted tycoon.
It worked mind you, 15 tiny mouthfuls later, my dinner was cold and if there's one thing I can't stand it's congealing food.