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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But even being in cars is just as tormenting especially when you're left to stew in traffic.'
With the Honest Men left to stew on a 1-0 defeat at Dundee for a fortnight, Ian McCall wants them to show Somerset is a fortress.
And in the meantime, Rafa Benitez is left to stew in the Spanish sunshine, sidelined, while every Geordie is desperate for his worrying situation to be resolved.
? Making his point Despite scoring 11 goals last season, Conor Hourihane has been left to stew on the bench this campaign.
There may lurk an opportunity behind every challenge, but the big question is whether the province is seen as a prize that various suitors try to win over or a pariah left to stew in its own juice because it remained impervious to which way the wind was blowing.
Whilst law-abiding citizens are left to stew, criminals get favours.
Lastly it's bad for children and young adults as there isn't much to do now and theses people are left to stew at home.
He is also left to stew on his worst run of results at Everton, as the Blues lost a third straight game under him for the first time, and he is now left desperately needing to find a way of getting something out of a trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.
They might have been left to stew on referee Martin Atkinson's refusal to point to the spot but Swansea were ahead inside 60 seconds when the hard-running Jordan Ayew worked some space on the left.
The 25-year-old aired his frustration post tournament, while many foreign journalists were left bemused that the star of the "Will Grigg's On Fire" chant was left to stew on the bench.
Left to stew in its own juices for six months, British politics might eventually come up with a typically muddled compromise that postponed the final break with the EU indefinitely -- but it isn't going to have six months.
And the fact it came amid a backdrop of unrest and disgruntlement - in a week when supporters were left to stew on an underwhelming point at home to Watford and with transfers, both in and out, dominating the news agenda once again - meant these three points felt that bit more significant.
Most residents were left to stew for hours with intermittent air-conditioning.