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more than (one) can bear
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 bear. The ugliness of politics is more unpleasant than most people can bear. These reality TV shows are more awkward and embarrassing than my girlfriend can bear.
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more than one can bearand more than one can take; more than one can stand
more of something, such as trouble or something bad, than a person can endure. This tragic news is more than I can bear! I've heard enough of this horrid music. It's more than I can stand.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.