Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

can't stand (somebody/something)

can't stand
Meaning(s)
1) thoroughly dislike sb/sth
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    • I can't stand him/her/them/it
  • Analysis
     If you say you 'can't stand' something or someone, it means you really dislike it. This is an informal expression used more in social contexts. "I can't stand pineapple on pizza." "I can't stand people who lie to get what they want." Similar in meaning to 'detest' or 'I don't have time for'. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The man refused to travel with his girlfriend's family as he couldn't stand them.
    2. I can't stand him, said the employee about his boss.
    3. Oh, I won't be eating the caviar. I can't stand the taste!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1.  I can't stand people who don't pull their weight on a project.
    2.  Can we change these graphics? I can't stand this colour scheme.
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