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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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 ?
It's something I can't stomach, that I never could stomach.
Then I'll tell you something I can't stomach any more.
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.
Or, Clegg adds by way of balance: "If you can't stomach joining the Labour Party, if you are ideologically inclined in a Conservative direction and if you believe that Brexit is the issue of our times, then joining the Tories is another route to make your views felt.
While financial adviser David (Robert Bathurst) can't stomach flogging OAPs dodgy insurance and ends up holding a money clinic with the Cheshire WAGs: "They want to know if boob jobs are tax deductible?
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.
However the reason I can't stomach Russell Brand or take anything he says seriously is because he's a self aggrandising, arrogant, immature fop who talks twaddle.
I can't stomach the thought of not knowing intimately every dimension and surface of where I am.
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.
I can't stomach those soft focus shots of that so-called man of the people pootling round his meticulously distressed kitchen and "throwing together" suppers from the contents of his backyard herb garden and whatever leftovers happen to be the larder.
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.
Supporters of Syrian government and Americans who say they can't stomach another war all took to the iconic Manhattan Square on Thursday.
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