can't stand

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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References in classic literature ?
She began to, but I can't stand women when they cry, so I said she'd better hook it.
I can stand a good deal," the girl began, coolly, "but I can't stand
I'm a little brittle, you know, and can't stand many hard knocks.
If there's anything I can't stand,' she said to me in Tiny's presence,
I've got my work all day--indeed, a great deal too much of it--but when I come home in the evening, I tell you, I can't stand the house.
But I can't stand those people who run down comforts.
I am like a sane man shut up in a madhouse; I can't stand the suspicion of the thing.
IT'S funny how an old song can come back When something new happens out of the blue, Your dismissal has left me blue and black, Today the song is Can't Stand Losing You.
You can't stand off these "You can't stand off these guys for a second.
Some say Texas doesn't need to spend any more of its own money on attracting out-of-state businesses, but we can't stand by and wait around for other states to one-up us, writes state Rep.
Seeing the latest worrying developments in the Crimean Peninsula, where the Russians can't stand the Ukrainians and vice versa and the Tatars can't stand either, all we can say is that nobody wants another Crimean War.
She was reacting to a tweet that said: "Has Brian finally decided to become a handson dad and spend some quality time with kids, sorry can't stand absent dads.
Hilariously, The Hoff revealed he wasn't taking part in the swimming leg relay - because he can't stand water.
I can't stand Liverpool, I can't stand the people, I can't stand anything to do with them," Neville said.
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