leave to stew

leave somebody to stew

  also let somebody stew
if you leave someone to stew, you leave them to worry about something bad that has happened or something stupid they have done I could have said a few comforting words and made him feel better but I thought I'd let him stew a while instead.
See also: leave, stew
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IT is a universally acknowledged law that if you put a handful of the London Welsh in a room together, add a liberal dash of alcohol and leave to stew for a few hours you will produce at least half a dozen plans for the rebirth of the nation.
Allow the paper to dry completely, then to add some more colour, brew up a half cup of warm water with four tea bags and leave to stew for about five minutes.