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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Stay calm, apologise and tell her that you trust her judgment, but you can't bear to think of her being hurt so you overreacted.
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Max can't bear that, and in his emotional state he's unable to resist the 'charms' of manipulative Becca when she kisses him.
I badly need something good to happen to me at Wembley soon because as things stand I absolutely can't bear the place.
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Nicki says: "They are total soul mates - they can't bear to be parted and both give our family endless entertainment with the games they play.
Words seemed to fail him and then, fighting back the tears, he said: ''I have a grandson who I'll see next week - I can't bear the thought of this.
He also tells DuJour mag: "I can't bear the thought of ever feeling like that again, even though I got great songs out of it.
FOR pet owners who can't bear to be parted from their pooch, Best Western has launched a "Dog 'n' Bone" hotline (0845 373 1203), giving advice on which of its 112 pet-friendly hotels best meets your dog's needs.
Q MY wee boy is starting school next week and I can't bear it.
QI LOVE my best friend but can't bear her boyfriend.
Like every other female I know, I simply can't bear having my feet tickled either, but watching Everton when we were managed by Walter, was at least half as bad and unlike tickling, very painful.
About Witchell, he remarked: "I can't bear that man anyway.