not stand the sight of (someone or something)

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not stand the sight of (someone or something)

To be unable to tolerate, accept, enjoy, or endure someone or something; to severely dislike or be thoroughly repelled by someone or something. I know I couldn't stand the sight of that horrible receptionist every day if I were to work here. He's just so mean and unpleasant! I can't stand the sight of my mother-in-law, but there are a few occasions each year where I can't avoid having to meet her. I absolutely cannot stand the sight of shellfish. Just being near it is enough to make me gag!
See also: not, of, sight, stand
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But mum and I can't stand the sight of them. The very thought of the them - even the word 'worm' - makes us feel nauseous.
" And he might have the world at his feet, but he can't stand the sight of them either.""
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