more than (one) can stand

more than (one) can stand

More unpleasant, painful, or offensive to the senses than one is able to tolerate. Sometimes used humorously or ironically. I'm sorry, but the stress of this job is more than I can stand. The ugliness of politics is more unpleasant than most people can stand. These reality TV shows are more awkward and embarrassing than my girlfriend can stand.
See also: can, more, stand
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