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can't stomach (someone)

Unable to tolerate someone due to an aversion or a strong sense of disgust or dislike for them. Ugh, I just can't stomach obnoxious guys who always have to dominate the conversation. He eventually quit because he just couldn't stomach his horrible boss any longer.
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can't stomach (something)

1. Physically unable to digest or tolerate a certain food without discomfort. I love living in India, but I can't stomach spicy food and it makes mealtimes here rather difficult. I'm can't stomach rich, fatty foods like I did when I was younger.
2. Unable to tolerate someone or something due to an aversion or a strong sense of disgust or dislike. I'm waiting to hear if I got into my first-choice school, but I can't this stomach the uncertainty of not knowing! I could never be a doctor or nurse—I just can't stomach the sight of blood.
3. Lacking the courage, determination, or resolve to do, face, or experience something unpleasant. The military always sounded interesting as a means of traveling the world, but couldn't stomach the thought of having to kill. I just can't stomach scary movies at all, but my girlfriend loves them.
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tv. to tolerate someone or something. (Usually negative.) Spike couldn’t stomach the opera, and he left after the first ten minutes.
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References in classic literature ?
"I myself will tear out thy stomach!" yelled the leader, scratching at the foot of the tree.
Gray Brother, crouched between the boy's knees, was protecting his stomach, while the others guarded his back and either side, or stood over him when the shock of a leaping, yelling dhole who had thrown himself full on the steady blade bore him down.
"Is thy stomach still empty, Outlier?" said Mowgli.
"It is not wise to kill cubs and lahinis," Mowgli went on philosophically, wiping the blood out of his eyes, "unless one has also killed the Outlier; and it is in my stomach that this Won-tolla kills thee."
"They come to the fight with two stomachs and several voices," said Kaa.
M2 PRESSWIRE-September 4, 2019-: Global Stomach Tube Market Size Estimated to Observe Significant Growth by 2023 : Radiant Insights, Inc.
The stomach content of fulmar NET-2018-010 is a fairly representative example for the stomach contents of fulmars off the Dutch coast.
Osawende told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Benin that peptic ulcer is a sore that develops on the lining of the oesophagus, stomach or small intestine,' which could be prevented through early treatment.
Summary: He was rushed to the hospital after complaining of a stomach ache.
Summary: Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) [India], May 25 (ANI): Doctors removed eight spoons, two screwdrivers, two toothbrushes, a kitchen knife and a door latch from the stomach of a mentally ill man in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Friday.
An eight-year-old girl was recovering after doctors removed 1.5 kilogram (3 pound) hairball from her stomach.
Doctors in India were perplexed after they pulled out pins, necklaces and other metallic objects from a woman's stomach.
A common method for investigating the diet of fish is the analysis of stomach measurement (Adeyemi & Akombo, 2012; Abdul et al., 2016).
NEW YORK -- We've all experienced an upset stomach at one time or another, whether it be pain in the abdomen, heart-burn or nausea.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Captain A(r) Safdar on Wednesday has been shifted to a private hospital in Lahore after complain of heart pain and stomach disorder.