leave (one) to stew

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leave (one) to stew

To allow one to feel fearful, anxious, guilty, etc., without offering them comfort or closure on the matter. After the kids broke the window, I left them to stew in their bedroom for a while before laying into them about it. I can tell that the boss is upset with how my report turned out, but I think he's just leaving me to stew about it before he brings it up.
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No Divorce Bill (aka Brexit Song 3) Lyrics and vocals: Mandy Boylett With apologies to 2 Unlimited No no, no no no no No divorce bill No no, we won't pay it No no, no no no no No divorce bill No no, we won't pay it There's no legal reason to pay So just let us leave and we'll be on our way No free trade deal hurts us less than you So we'll bid you good day and we'll leave you to stew No no, no no no no No divorce bill No no, we won't pay it No no, no no no no No divorce bill No no, we won't pay it Oh Theresa we need you to lead Not appease the bullies - submit to their greed Just stand your ground and tell them no way 'Cos no deal is better than billions to pay No no, no no no no No divorce bill No no, we won't pay it No no, no no no no No divorce bill No no, we won't pay it
I was going to leave you to stew over that little teaser for a while, but what the hell, I'll explain.