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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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.
Kerber goes through to the semi-finals to meet Britain's Johanna Konta, while Azarenka is left to stew on her third consecutive exit in a grand slam quarter-final.
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.
The Falcons fell 42-40 to a last-minute try at Kingsholm after blowing a 17-point lead inside 12 minutes, the captain and his team-mates left to stew over the loss for an uncomfortable fortnight.
Most residents were left to stew for hours with intermittent air-conditioning.
He never looked like missing on his way to restoring the two-frame cushion, with Carter left to stew over how he had been mostly the better player in the session and yet had been unable to make it count against O'Sullivan.
Wasteful Palace were held to a goalless draw at Hull on Tuesday night and Holloway was left to stew on the fixture list throughout the long journey home.
The latest bust-up follows only three weeks after Balotelli upset Mancini by having a late night out just a couple of days before the Champions League game against Real Madrid, where he was left to stew in the Bernabeu stands, it further added.
LEFT TO STEW Gordon's more used to grills than bars AWARD Charismatic DCI Tony Gates CLASS The Taylor family PROPOSAL Nikhil shocks Gennie
Tied at 12th in the leader board, the Englishman stands better placed psychologically for a move into a top nine position over the last two days, while Northern Ireland's McIlroy, said to be suffering the ill-effects of Dengue fever, will be left to stew over his misses at the half-way stage.
While Wenger was left to stew over the result, Liverpool chief Dalglish was delighted with his side's first win at Arsenal in 11 years.