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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I had no love for Xodar, but I cannot stand the sight of cowardly injustice and persecution without seeing red as through a haze of bloody mist, and doing things on the impulse of the moment that I presume I never should do after mature deliberation.
I love pasta and fresh salads, however I cannot stand the sight of snails.
20 Which movie heart-throb has admitted he cannot stand the sight of his own face?
Jamie Dornan 'hates own face' FIFTY Shades of Grey heart-throb Jamie Dornan has admitted he cannot stand the sight of his own face.
If these people cannot stand the sight of a leaf, then it's not a leaf-blower they need - it's a psychiatrist" Actor Tom Conti cannot stand the noise from his neighbours' leafblowers at his London home "God knows, I have tried.
She just cannot stand the sight of cats digging for food in garbage dumps or kittens thrown in garbage bins or left to die a slow death under the scorching sun.
We cannot complain about Bercow's election as Speaker (even though plenty of people do), although he was voted in almost entirely by Labour MPs simply to annoy the Tories, his own party, who cannot stand the sight of him.
They, of course, cannot stand the sight of each other and the idea of a shared great destiny does not sit easily, even when the prophesy comes from the mouth of a magic, talking dragon.
It's interesting that hard-core fans, which is not necessarily the same as violent types, offer up detailed historic reasons about why they cannot stand the sight of their nearest rivals.
This was despite the fact that he cannot stand the sight of blood, and had to leave the room for the births of his three sons.
Hopefully, there'll be a decent spat between the two bosses, Chelsea's Jose Mourhino and Rafael Benitez of Liverpool, who clearly cannot stand the sight of each other (Sky Sports 1, 2pm-5.
Domenech, by all accounts, cannot stand the sight of Zidane and the feeling is said to be mutual.
He said:''She cannot stand the sight of anything that marks loyalist culture and she is using Loughinisland as an excuse.
He likes his flower beds, cannot stand the sight of weeds, and has a thing about toilets.
EVEN before Simon and Garfunkel sing a note on their eagerly-awaited reunion tour, the legendary duo are said to have hit troubled waters -and cannot stand the sight of each other.
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