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.
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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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Cover them with water, let them stew, skim them clean, and when they have stewed an hour, take mace, cloves, and whole pepper, tied loosely in a muslin rag, and some celery cut small.
Pouring cream Peel and dice apples, place them in a saucepan and let them stew over a low heat until they begin to break down, stirring occasionally.
Democracies need to address their anxieties openly, rather than push the political debate underground where the likes of an Anders Breivik can let them stew into a rationale for violence.
If they don't agree, act like a trade union - withdraw your labour and let them stew in it.
Let them stew for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bags and leave the dates to soak for about 30 minutes.
Newspaper reporters hear from one-shot wonders all the time, and generally have the good taste to let them stew in silence after a quick heave-ho on the phone.
I will let them stew on it and think about it for themselves, because it was spineless.
He says: "Jump on things that bother you as soon as possible so you don't let them stew - but always make sure you go out for a pint straight afterwards too
He planned to let them stew behind bars for a week while he weighed up what sentence to give them.
The intention is to let them stew a while because if losing at home after being in front doesn't hurt then they are in the wrong job.
You can politely and professionally refute their claims in public forums, but other than that, you may just have to let them stew in their unhappy juices.
flour; let them stew a few minutes longer, and serve them up with the
Strachan had little sympathy for his frustrated players and was clearly happy to let them stew in their own juice.
But i will produce rich-as-chocolate-mousse soil when you blend together dead leaves and not-so-good soil and let them stew for a season.