can't stand the pace

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can't stand the pace

Cannot do something well or at all when under stress or pressure. Don't ask Robert to do that urgent report—he can't stand the pace.
See also: pace, stand

can't stand the pace

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can't take the pace

If someone can't stand the pace or can't take the pace, they cannot work as hard or as quickly or do as much as they are expected to. Most journalists think of colleagues who go into advertising as people who couldn't stand the pace in the real game. They were constantly testing me, as if to prove I couldn't take the pace. Note: People sometimes also say that someone can stand the pace or can take the pace. Assuming the band members can stand the pace, they could end up as successful as the Spice Girls.
See also: pace, stand
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