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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 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.
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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.
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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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