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can't stand

This page is about the collocation can't stand

collocation pattern: verb + verb

Meaning

dislike someone or something very much

For example

  • I can't stand my sister's husband. He's an idiot.

  • Jenny can't stand the sight of blood, so she wouldn't make a very good nurse.

Note:
A similar collocation is "can't abide"

Quick Quiz

I can't stand waiting in line. I

a. can't find the right line

b. have trouble standing

c. really hate waiting

Contributor: Matt Errey