can't stomach (something)(redirected from couldn't stomach something)
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.
See also: stomach
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
tv. to tolerate someone or something. (Usually negative.) Spike couldn’t stomach the opera, and he left after the first ten minutes.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.