not stand the sight of (someone or something)

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not stand the sight of (someone or something)

To be unable to tolerate, accept, enjoy, or endure someone or something; to severely dislike or be thoroughly repelled by someone or something. I know I couldn't stand the sight of that horrible receptionist every day if I were to work here. He's just so mean and unpleasant! I can't stand the sight of my mother-in-law, but there are a few occasions each year where I can't avoid having to meet her. I absolutely cannot stand the sight of shellfish. Just being near it is enough to make me gag!
See also: not, of, sight, stand
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She added: "He went back on Sunday, but he could not stay for more than two minutes, because he could not stand the sight of it.
Not liking each other never did Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham any harm as they could not stand the sight of each other and yet helped Manchester United win the Treble in 1999.
He failed because he could not stand the sight of blood.
As late as 1990, he said he could not stand the sight of women wearing trousers in public.
If people will not readily forget Blair's eight years of shameless manipulation of the civil service and Parliament - particularly over the illegal invasion of Iraq - neither will they easily forget the blatant cynicism of the self-serving Brown who, we were told, could not stand the sight of Blair yet was prepared to bail him out in the election campaign, in exchange for yet another Blair promise that he will hand over the premiership in due course
The best bit about it all was that it became manifestly obvious Ovett and Coe could not stand the sight of one another.
Normally, those two could not stand the sight of each other and I honestly don't think I could have been close to any other Celtic player - but it was because Henrik and I had a bond from our time at Feyenoord that we always stayed great mates.