can't take the heat

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can't take the heat

Unable to cope with or handle the pressure in a given situation. The CEO can't take the heat when her gambles don't pay off—she just blames everyone around her. If you can't take the heat from the angry or frustrated customers who call in, then you shouldn't be part of our customer support team.
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