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can't stomach (something)

1. Physically unable to digest or tolerate a certain food without discomfort. I love living in India, but I can't stomach spicy food and it makes mealtimes here rather difficult. I'm can't stomach rich, fatty foods like I did when I was younger.
2. Unable to tolerate someone or something due to an aversion or a strong sense of disgust or dislike. I'm waiting to hear if I got into my first-choice school, but I can't this stomach the uncertainty of not knowing! I could never be a doctor or nurse—I just can't stomach the sight of blood.
3. Lacking the courage, determination, or resolve to do, face, or experience something unpleasant. The military always sounded interesting as a means of traveling the world, but couldn't stomach the thought of having to kill. I just can't stomach scary movies at all, but my girlfriend loves them.
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stomach

tv. to tolerate someone or something. (Usually negative.) Spike couldn’t stomach the opera, and he left after the first ten minutes.
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The Queen's ill-advised decision to prorogue like this was something even great-great granny Victoria eventually couldn't stomach.
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