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can't stomach (something)

1. To be unable to digest or tolerate certain food without discomfort. I love living in India, but I can't stomach spicy food and it makes mealtimes here rather difficult. I just can't stomach rich, fatty foods like I did when I was younger.
2. To be unable to tolerate something due to an aversion or a strong sense of disgust or dislike. I'm waiting to hear if I got into my first-choice school, but I can't stomach this uncertainty of not knowing! I could never be a doctor or nurse—I just can't stomach the sight of blood.
3. To be unable to muster the courage, determination, or resolve to do, face, or experience something unpleasant. The military always sounded interesting as a means of traveling the world, but I couldn't stomach the thought of having to kill another person. I just can't stomach scary movies at all, but my girlfriend loves them.
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stomach

tv. to tolerate someone or something. (Usually negative.) Spike couldn’t stomach the opera, and he left after the first ten minutes.
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It's something I can't stomach, that I never could stomach.
"Then I'll tell you something I can't stomach any more.
He wants a deal, he believes he is on the best path to get one, and those who can't stomach his tactics risk destroying any chance he has of securing one.
I can't stomach the thought of any kind of offal, from foie gras to brains.
I think many United supporters have been spoiled in the past, in terms of success, and can't stomach the fact that other clubs have caught them up, while City have actually surpassed them.
What is it with remoners who simply can't stomach the result of a referendum they don't agree with?
P*t*ng *na, hindi ko na masikmura (I can't stomach it anymore).
If you can't stomach a standard eggs-and-toast breakfast or a bowl of oatmeal and fruit, try starting your day with a snack.
But others have piled in too, pouring scorn on the enquiry with no knowledge of what information police possess, and for no good reason, it appears, than they can't stomach the idea Heath may have been an abuser.
A full-time crime scene and corpse clean-up specialist, he still can't stomach the smell of rotting flesh.
It is not so much that Republican voters are flocking to Clinton as that they can't stomach voting for Trump, a very poor indicator for the GOP candidate.
I love coffee and Kathleen [Schoen] said 'you've got to drink more green tea.' I don't like green tea and can't stomach it.
This literature serves to soften the blow that scientific and critical thinking has had on those Jews who can't stomach identifying as anything other than Orthodox.
It's probably fair to say that Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson can't stomach the prospect of gripping and grinning with local Lib Dem leader Cllr Richard Kemp.
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