can't stand

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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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Can't Abide Profiting on Death by "Peasant" Life Insurance.
try of ibl What I really can't abide is being told: "Do as I say, not as I do."
I can't abide spicy food and avoid anything that is potentially too hot to handle.
Perhaps it's just me, but I can't abide this nonsensical hero-worshipping of mere mortals.
Ultimate Advent Calendar pounds 15 from hotelchocolat.co.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.
He said: "At the end of the day, it is about how we respond to those who feel they can't abide by the regulations.
But you could barely get a more inappropriate knight: he can't be doing with all these maidens that need rescuing and can't abide all the snooty princesses with their golden hair.
Mick Easterby If there's one thing I can't abide it's swearing.
He tells you that I am xenophobic, well he may like to know that as a football referee, I sent off a man for racism, I can't abide it.
No one should underestimate the bile of crazies across the political spectrum and the online obsessives whose strategy is to fuel a belief that because you can't abide reality then the media is lying to you.
I can't abide politicians who trample all over the people they left behind.
"I can't abide frogs, the way they jump about and say 'ribbet' at you" - Broadcaster Fern Britton.
I can't abide David Cameron, Ian Duncan Smith and George Osborne, but Labour are much, much worse and the country voted that way on May 7th."
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.