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be in a stew
To be worried and flummoxed about something. Mom is in a stew because she just found out that we're hosting all of our relatives for Christmas—which is three days away.
get in(to) a stew
To be or become angry, upset, agitated, anxious, or alarmed over something or someone. John is always getting into a stew over his girlfriend's late nights out. Don't get in a stew with me, I was trying to be helpful! I always get into a stew when I have a big meeting with my managers.
horse and rabbit stew
A situation comprising that which is crude or unpleasant as well as that which is pleasing or beneficial, usually with the former in greater proportion to the latter. Used especially in reference to economics or business. The prime minister's plan for the economic recovery is little more than horse and rabbit stew, with a few token stimulus incentives greatly outweighed by draconian austerity measures.
in a stew
Worried and flummoxed about something. Mom is in a stew because she just found out that we're hosting all of our relatives for Christmas—which is three days away.
in a stew about (someone or something)
Worried and flummoxed about someone or something. Mom is in a stew about all of our relatives suddenly deciding to come visit us three days from now. Try not to get in a stew about me, all right? I'll be fine on this trip.
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.
leave (one) to stew in (one's) own juice(s)
To leave someone alone with their emotions, usually unpleasant ones like guilt, anger, or anxiety, without offering them comfort or closure on the matter. Kevin was in such a foul mood at dinner that I went home early and left him to stew in his own juice. After the kids broke the window, I left them to stew in their own juices 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 in my own juices about it before he brings it up.
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.
let (one) stew in (one's) own juice(s)
To leave one alone with their emotions, usually unpleasant ones like guilt, anger, or anxiety, without offering them comfort or closure on the matter. Kevin was in such a foul mood at dinner that I left early and just let him stew in his own juice. After the kids broke the window, I let them stew in their own juices 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 in my own juices about it before he brings it up.
old-fashioned An alcoholic, especially one who is unemployed or homeless. There are always a couple of stew bums hanging around outside the mall begging for spare change. My worst fear is to turn into a stew bum like my dad, so I swore never to touch a drop of alcohol.
stew in (one's) (own) juice(s)
To brood over one's unpleasant emotions, such as guilt, anger, or anxiety, in isolation. Kevin was in such a foul mood at dinner that I left early and just let him stew in his own juice. I can tell the suspect is racked with guilt. Let her stew in her juices for a while, and she'll confess.
stew on a shingle
slang Creamed chipped beef (processed beef that has been salted and dried, served in a white sauce) on top of toast. A traditional staple of military mess halls. Primarily heard in US. I know it isn't a very glamorous meal, but one of my favorite meals growing up was always stew on a shingle! After eight years on active duty, I've had more stew on shingles than I care to recount.
obsolete slang A house or apartment rented by a group of several female flight attendants (formerly known as stewardesses). A crude reference to the stereotype of such women being known for carefree or wild behavior in their personal lives. My grandmother was actually living in one of these stew zoos when she met my grandfather. She had to share it with four other women because it was the only way they could all afford to live in New York City.
1. slang Incensed; irate. It's really not worth getting stewed up about it—just let it go and move on with your life. I could tell the boss was pretty stewed up over the news.
2. slang Drunk. I'm past the point in my life where I want to spend every weekend at a bar getting stewed up. Everyone was too stewed up to drive home, so they all just slept over.
too many cooks spoil the stew
proverb If too many people try to control, influence, or work on something, the final product will be worse as a result. A: "We've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved in this project, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "Well, too many cooks spoil the stew, after all!"
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
get (oneself) into a stew (over someone or something)
Fig. to be worried or upset about someone or something. Please don't get yourself into a stew over Walter. Liz is the kind of person who gets into a stew over little problems.
*in a stew (about someone or something)
Fig. upset or bothered about someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) I'm in such a stew about my dog. She ran away last night. Now, now. Don't get in a stew. She'll be back when she gets hungry.
stew in one's own juice
Fig. to be left alone to suffer one's anger or disappointment. John has such a terrible temper. When he got mad at us, we just let him go away and stew in his own juice. After John stewed in his own juice for a while, he decided to come back and apologize to us.
Too many cooks spoil the stew.and Too many Cooks spoil the broth.
Prov. Cliché Too many people trying to manage something simply spoil it. Let's decide who is in charge around here. Too many cooks spoil the stew. Everyone is giving orders, but no one is following them! Too many cooks spoil the broth.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in a stew
Agitated, alarmed, or anxious. For example, Mary was in a stew about how her cake was going to turn out. It is also put as get in or into a stew , as in Every Saturday the minister got in a stew about Sunday's sermon. This expression transfers the mixture of meat and vegetables constituting a stew to overheated mixed emotions. [c. 1800]
stew in one's own juice
Suffer the consequences of one's actions, as in He's run into debt again, but this time we're leaving him to stew in his own juice. This metaphoric term alludes to cooking something in its own liquid. Versions of it, such as fry in one's own grease, date from Chaucer's time, but the present term dates from the second half of the 1800s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in a stewOLD-FASHIONED
If someone is in a stew, they are very worried about something. He's in a bit of a stew over his exams.
let someone stew in their own juiceor
let someone stew
If you let someone stew in their own juice or let them stew, you deliberately leave them to worry about something they have done and do nothing to comfort or help them. The coach refused to put an arm round the 23-year-old afterwards — choosing, instead, to let Taylor stew in his own juice. Leave her alone — let her stew. Give her time to reflect on how stupid she's been. Note: You can also say that you leave someone to stew. I thought I'd leave him to stew for a while.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
in a stewin a state of great anxiety or agitation. informal
stew in your own juicesuffer the unpleasant consequences of your own actions or temperament without the consoling intervention of others. informal
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
be in a ˈstew (about/over something),
get (yourself) into a ˈstew (about/over something)(informal) be/become very worried or nervous (about something): She’s in a stew over what she’s going to wear to the party tonight.
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!
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. n. a drinking bout. These frequent stews must stop. You will ruin your health.
2. n. a drunkard. There are three stews sleeping in the alley.
3. Go to stewed (up).
4. n. a stewardess or steward on an airplane. (Although officially replaced by flight attendat, this term and steward(ess) are still in use.) My sister is a stew for a major airline.
5. in. to fret. I spent most of last night stewing about my job.
6. n. a fretful state. Don’t work yourself into a stew.
n. a drunkard; an alcoholic. You’re going to end up a stew bum if you don’t lay off the moonshine.
stewed (up)and stew
mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also stew (sense 1).) The kid was stewed up and scared to death of what his parents were going to do to him.
See stewed up
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
stew in one's own juice, left to
Abandoned to suffer the consequences of one’s own actions. Chaucer had a version of this expression in The Canterbury Tales (The Wife of Bath’s Tale): “In his own gress [grease] I made him frie for anger and for very jalousie.” A closer equivalent was Henry Carey’s version (Advertisements from Parnassus, 1656): “He could not better discover Hypocrites than by suffering them (like Oysters) to stew in their own water.” The exact modern wording dates from the second half of the nineteenth century.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
An apartment house in which many female flight attendants lived. Back in prepolitically correct days, female flight attendants were called “stewardesses” and had the reputation for being attractive and, even better to the male mind, “fun” (Frank Sinatra's hit ballad “Come Fly with Me” became something of an anthem). Stewardesses (or a many self-styled hip males called them “stewardii”) shared apartments, a rentsaving arrangement that appealed to their lifestyle because one or more was usually traveling. Apartment buildings in large cities, especially ones with easy access to airports, that attracted the young women were known as “stew zoos.”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price