I can’t stand her | English idioms

Smitha is upset with her roommate Aruna because she brings her friends over late night. She talks about these problems during a conversation with her friend Anita. 

Anita: So, how is your new roommate?

Smitha: I can’t stand her. She really turns me off.

Anita: What happened? You don’t seem to like her.

Smitha: To be frank, I don’t. I’ve serious issues with her. You know what? She brings her friends over late at night, almost every night and then they keep the lights and music on. I’m fed up. I don’t get any sleep.

Anita: Why don’t you have a heart-to-heart talk with her? She isn’t supposed to behave like that.

Smitha: I did have a talk with her and things were okay for a few days but now she’s started bringing her friends again.

Anitha: In that case you should complain to your landlady and get her evicted.

Smitha: I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do now.


When you ‘can’t stand somebody’, you dislike him / her very much. The idiom ‘I can’t stand the sight of somebody / something’ also means the same.

I can’t stand the sight of blood.

He can’t stand his boss.

Manjusha Nambiar

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