can't stand (someone or something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: stand
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

you, he, etc. can’t ˈstand somebody/something


you, he, etc. can’t ˈstand the sight/sound of somebody/something

(informal) you, he, etc. dislikes or hates somebody/something or seeing/hearing somebody/something: If you can’t stand the sight of blood, you won’t make a very good nurse!I can’t stand the sight of her. OPPOSITE: think the world of somebody/something
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"Please to excuse me, miss," she said with a last horrified look at her venerable visitor; "I really can't stand the sight of such a blot of dirt as that in my nice clean parlor." With those words she disappeared, and was seen no more.
We've both cheated and there are days I can't stand the sight of him.
Without any reason, they keep fighting and can't stand the sight of each other.
span xml:lang="EN-CAMy comment was met with dry laughter.span xml:lang="EN-CA"I can't stand the sight of you helping me cook!" she said.
"You say you've been humbled, you haven't been humbled, you know you can't stand the sight of me.
This has been going on for years, artists have been writing heartbreak songs while happily married and I imagine writing love songs during times they can't stand the sight of their spouse.
Come to think of it, I actually can't stand the sight of him!
With a mob debt and a pregnant girlfriend who can't stand the sight of him, David is about to find that sometimes the best fathers are the men who seem the least fit for parenting.
I can't stand the sight of him!" Pascal Rogard, director-general of the French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composersa (SACD), admittedly took one of the most hard-line positions during a meeting of film makers in Dijon, France, hosted by the French society of authors, directors and producers (ARP), on 24-25 October.
They can't stand the sight of blood; and again gave, to those who have no vote, the humane advice that the decent way to bring about change is by constitutional means.
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MICK McCARTHY admits some people can't stand the sight of him.
Zoo director Helga Happ said, "We get the feeling they can't stand the sight of each other anymore."
"We get the feeling they can't stand the sight of each other anymore," the Daily Mail quoted Zoo boss Helga Happ as telling The Austrian Times.