bear the sight of (someone or something)

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bear the sight of (someone or something)

To tolerate, accept, or endure someone or something. (Most often used in a negative formation.) I don't know how you bear the sight of that horrible receptionist every day. 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, of, sight
References in classic literature ?
If I had loved you less dearly, I might have had the courage to say this in your presence -- but how could I trust myself to resist your persuasions, and to bear the sight of your distress?
He seemed unable to bear the sight of tears and was ready to cry himself.
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.
You know very well that she can't bear the sight of him.
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.
D'Avrigny, unable to bear the sight of this touching emotion, turned away; and Villefort, without seeking any further explanation, and attracted towards him by the irresistible magnetism which draws us towards those who have loved the people for whom we mourn, extended his hand towards the young man.
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.
I could not bring myself to bear the sight of him, and I thought he had a worse look by daylight.
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.
I hardly think we ever could have had one, now I come to remember, for your papa could never bear the sight of them in the shops, and used to say that they always put him in mind of very little babies, only the pigs had much fairer complexions; and he had a horror of little babies, to, because he couldn't very well afford any increase to his family, and had a natural dislike to the subject.
I can't bear the sight of them things," the woman declared.
How does he bear the sight of the house, after what happened in it last year?
So we took her to the hospital the next day with anxious hearts that she might not be able to bear the sight of him.
Another cadaver washer, Umm Taif, said washing the dead requires patience and courage to bear the sight of mutilated bodies, especially those who died in traffic accidents.
Branko Geroski says in Sloboden pecat that with each passing day, we realize that Gruevski can't bear the sight of anyone, not just those criticizing him, who if he could he would persecute all the way to Papua New Guinea, but also the ordinary citizens, those very same people coming to his rallies to hear what he has to say, with petrified faces and hands mechanically clapping.