stand the pace

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stand the pace

To be able to do something competently or well when under stress or pressure. Often used in negative constructions. The work is going to be very intense, so we need to find a candidate who can stand the pace. I wouldn't ask Robert to do report if you need it urgently—he can't stand the pace. The home team struggled to stand the pace in the first quarter of the game, but they're finally starting to get some momentum.
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stand (or stay) the pace

be able to keep up with another or others.
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(not) stand the ˈpace

not be able to work, live or compete under pressure: You want to be a journalist? Are you sure you could stand the pace?
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And Brian claims he is confident his virility will stand the pace of his young bride.
O'Neill knows he is being asked to take the same group of players who last season took Celtic to their first European final for 33 years and force them to stand the pace in this season's Champions League.
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But don't worry, there are gentler rides in the park too if you can't stand the pace.
Now she has to keep fit to stand the pace of presenting the flagship children's show.
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But this story about a little boy's big ideas regarding the world around him just can't stand the pace. It all starts entertainingly enough but then in order to extract some sort of emotional response descends into insipid soppiness near the end.
He should shut up and go back to Italy if he can't stand the pace here."
Ex-England coach Kevin Keegan follows in the footsteps of many powerful men and women who quit the rat race because they couldn't stand the pace.
Amoruso, though, insists that such is the extent of fixture congestion all over Europe at the moment that even the most energetic youths will struggle to stand the pace.
Of course we used a lot of energy last Tuesday but for a tough game like this you just have to stand the pace and try to give 100 per cent.
"Unfortunately, Matthew couldn't stand the pace so I had to get some new people in.