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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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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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But, what I can't abide by is the distinct lack of squad progression and tactical development that we've seen other teams go through.
While the lights are only included on the top pair of the four trim grades, the i-Cockpit features on every car and is a breath of fresh air for drivers who can't abide clutter.
Diagnosed with OCD, Lesley lives with her 23-year-old, part-time student daughter Tuesday, who can't abide contact with others and who compulsively washes her hands up to 50 times a day.
Carr joked: "Why don't What I really can't abide is being told: "Do as I say, not as I do.
I can't abide a spectacle that degrades women and threatens to undermine the progress of women in sport in Australia," she added( ANI )
Conservative billionaires are queuing up to pour money into Romney's campaign to oust a President they can't abide.
Monboit is certainly no fan of nuclear and he can't abide "the liars who run the nuclear industry.
But I can't abide being a member of any organisation, never mind one purporting to represent the interests of fans, campaigning for the reintroduction of standing areas to our senior football grounds.
I can't abide people like that, I don't know why he wants to take on the world every week.
uk It's good to see that there is a real alternative for connoisseurs of chocolate who can't abide those sickly offerings associated with many calendars.
I can't abide people going on with an attitude like that.
Mick Easterby If there's one thing I can't abide it's swearing.
Either way, whether you believe in the euro, like me, or you can't abide it, Ireland is almost something of a test case.