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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Defence QC Jim Gallagher said: "What we say is that irrespective of whether you love or hate him, or have sympathy for him, or cannot stand the sight of him the real issue is his mental state at the time.
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.
She cannot stand the sight of him and Tina together and the whole ordeal has brought back bad memories.
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