more than (one) can take

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more than (one) can take

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 take. The ugliness of politics is more unpleasant than most people can take. These reality TV shows are more awkward and embarrassing than my girlfriend can take.
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