can't stand the pace

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can't stand the pace

Is unable to maintain the same rate or standard as others or as is required. We'll have to assign someone else to the project—it's clear that Robert just can't stand the pace. The young team carried themselves well in the first half, but they couldn't stand the pace by the end of the game.
See also: pace, stand
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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