stand the strain

See: bear, tolerate
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Could your weak sinews stand the strain of an office in the shire?
With the exception of Turkey, these are poor countries, and their economies and social welfare systems cannot stand the strain.
Making an order to keep McEwan away from young boys in the future, the judge told him: "This came to light when your victim could no longer stand the strain of living with what happened to him.
I'm not sure Alec Hardy's new pacemaker will be able to stand the strain.
I'm not sure Alec Hardy's new pace-maker will be able to stand the strain.
Berry Nieuwenhuys was hailed as a 'Gem from South Africa' by the Evening Express who quickly micknamed him 'Nivvy' - 'the typewriter won't stand the strain of spelling his name in full,' they explained.
I for one think enough it enough - the British economy can no longer stand the strain of paying for too many people not prepared to help themselves.
But whatever the causes - congenital weakness plus rheumatic fever, exacerbated by gas and shell shock, his heart was dangerously weakened, and could not stand the strain of an operation that he was forced to undergo in June 1921.
Lord Ashdown insisted the coalition would stand the strain, but relations between the Lib Dems and Tories would be more "businesslike" in future.
I cannot stand the strain much longer," said Ms Willis.
The ten men couldn't stand the strain, however, as the leaders produced a relentless onslaught to charge through 6-4.
Flintoff, currently recovering from knee surgery, retired from Test cricket after the end of England s Ashes triumph last month because he said his injury-hit body could no longer stand the strain of the five-day game.