stand the sight of (someone or something)

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stand the sight of (someone or something)

To tolerate, accept, or endure someone or something. (Most often used in a negative formation.) I don't know how you stand the sight of that horrible receptionist every day. 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 spend time with her. I absolutely cannot stand the sight of shellfish. Just being near it is enough to make me gag!
See also: of, sight, stand
References in classic literature ?
He put his horse to a trot to avoid seeing all these suffering men, and he felt afraid- afraid not for his life, but for the courage he needed and which he knew would not stand the sight of these unfortunates.
Please to excuse me, miss," she said with a last horrified look at her venerable visitor; "I really can't stand the sight of such a blot of dirt as that in my nice clean parlor.
I had no love for Xodar, but I cannot stand the sight of cowardly injustice and persecution without seeing red as through a haze of bloody mist, and doing things on the impulse of the moment that I presume I never should do after mature deliberation.
She can neither stand the sight of things misplaced nor a mound of dirty laundry.
But we did some of our best stuff when we couldn't stand the sight of each other, so the fun is not key - but it's nice that the fun has returned.
Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) and Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen) could not stand the sight of each other in the show "Veronica Mars," but in real life, the actors who play them are really great friends.
Jamie Dornan 'hates own face' FIFTY Shades of Grey heart-throb Jamie Dornan has admitted he cannot stand the sight of his own face.
In the unlikely scenario that there would be a coup by disgruntled members of the AFP/PNP in the future, it would only be because they couldn't stand the sight of Joma Sison and his communist buddies being part of a coalition government after remorselessly killing tens of thousands soldiers, policemen and innocent civilians in pursuit of their universally discredit ideology, he said.
If these people cannot stand the sight of a leaf then it's not a leaf-blower they need it's a psychiatrist" - Actor Tom Conti cannot stand the noise from his neighbours' leaf-blowers at his London home.
If these people cannot stand the sight of a leaf, then it's not a leaf-blower they need - it's a psychiatrist" Actor Tom Conti cannot stand the noise from his neighbours' leaf-blowers at his London home "God knows, I have tried.
This has been going on for years, artists have been writing heartbreak songs while happily married and I imagine writing love songs during times they can't stand the sight of their spouse.
Come to think of it, I actually can't stand the sight of him
With a mob debt and a pregnant girlfriend who can't stand the sight of him, David is about to find that sometimes the best fathers are the men who seem the least fit for parenting.
It is a good idea to avoid going out in the city during that time if you cannot stand the sight of blood.