(one) could stand (something)

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(one) could stand (something)

One needs something; one would be or feel better if one had something. After the week I've had, I could stand a night out. You could stand a new suit—that one's looking pretty shabby.
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She was built for hard driving, and unquestionably she got all the driving she could stand.
AS A DANCER, WE THINK SHE COULD STAND TO LOSE TEN POUNDS SINCE SHE WANTS A CAREER AFTER SHE GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL NEXT YEAR.
u Julia Carling AFTER being dumped by England rugby star Will, Julia showed she could stand on her own two feet with a stunning makeover that landed her a job as a daytime TV presenter.
By her first birthday she could stand holding on to something, and between 13 and 14 months she started walking.
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