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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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As the trial surrounding the death of Belle's best friend Gemma continues, Gemma's grieving father Dom can't bear to hear more evidence about the night his daughter died and he rushes out of the courtroom.
Try telling that to someone who is imprisoned in their own body and is screaming for help, or someone who just waits for death as they can't bear the excruciating pain and have no quality of life whatsoever.
What I Can't Bear Losing" is a collection of wise essays from Gerald Stern, with a large assortment of essays reflecting on his long and experienced life, on everything from his family and his faith to romance and his encounters with other notable figures of the twentieth century.
He reports: "My incredibly hard-working staff can't bear the thought of me having any spare time.
It's a shame these hooligans can't bear to see something that brightens our dull town.
Usually I love to see determined, driven young women doing well but I just can't bear watching her play.
I just can't bear to throw these copies away; there is just too much valuable information in them.
If we can't bear witness to enough costly messages they approve and pay for, we could very well forget they exist or, heaven forbid, resent them for forcing us to read their position papers.
And maybe God is blessing other adversaries of yours and mine that we can't bear to contemplate.
If you can't bear to look at them, you can now live in them; in bolt-on apartments that provide excellent views that are blind to the tower's external form.
Instead, I learned that the many joints of my spine and rib structure (I can't bear to use the word "ribcage" anymore
However intense our desire to find the exemplary, one particular individual can't bear the burden of embodying a global standard, be it kindness or evil.
This is best for investors like Swinton who can't bear to lose any of their out-of-pocket investment.
Is it another case of infighting where those who are supposed to do the best for the city can't bear to support someone else's idea
Ahead of a concert at the Metropolitan Opera in the Big Apple, Bryn told The New York Times how he can't bear to leave his beloved shirt at home which he bought 15 years ago.