"can't bear to part with" what does it mean?

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"can't bear to part with" what does it mean?

Postby elegance » Tue, 03 Feb 2009 08:08:38 -0500

I would like to know when someone says he or she can't bear to part with something.. What does he or she mean??
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Re: "can't bear to part with" what does it mean?

Postby Deborah the ESL Tutor » Wed, 18 Feb 2009 02:47:56 -0500

'Can't bear to part with" means that it would cause you a lot of emotional pain to have to say goodbye to something. For example,

"I love my old teddy bear , I can't bear to part with it!" Meaning you don't want to throw or give your old teddy bear away as you get some comfort from having it in your possession.
We use the expression "I can't bear " a lot . Consider the following examples,

'I can't bear the sound of her voice." - meaning the you hate the sound of her voice.
'I can't bear the thought of losing you." - meaning that I will be very said if you go away.
I can't bear the sight of that horrible painting." - meaning you dislike the look of the painting.

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