let (one) stew

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let (one) 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 let them 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 letting me stew about it before he brings it up.
See also: let, stew

let somebody ˈstew (in their own ˈjuice)

(informal) leave somebody to worry and suffer the unpleasant effects of their own actions: We told her not to trust him but she wouldn’t listen — so let her stew in her own juice!
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Let her stew imagining the motel business and agonize over the thought of my coming home everyday pretending to be a dutiful, virginal daughter.
If Helen doesn't accept the offer, I'd let her stew in her own juice until she sees the error of her ways.
So, if she goes on like this, let her stew in her own juice.