stew

1
[ stoo, styoo ]
/ stu, styu /

verb (used with object)

to cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling.

verb (used without object)

noun

Idioms

    stew in one's own juice, to suffer the consequences of one's own actions.

Origin of stew

1
1350–1400; Middle English stewen, stuwen to take a sweat bath < Middle French estuver, verbal derivative of estuve sweat room of a bath; see stove1

SYNONYMS FOR stew

Related forms

stew·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See boil1.
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British Dictionary definitions for stew in one's own juice (1 of 2)

stew

1
/ (stjuː) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for stew

C14 stuen to take a very hot bath, from Old French estuver, from Vulgar Latin extūfāre (unattested), from ex- 1 + (unattested) tūfus vapour, from Greek tuphos

British Dictionary definitions for stew in one's own juice (2 of 2)

stew

2
/ (stjuː) /

noun British

a fishpond or fishtank
an artificial oyster bed

Word Origin for stew

C14: from Old French estui, from estoier to shut up, confine, ultimately from Latin studium study
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Idioms and Phrases with stew in one's own juice (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with stew in one's own juice (2 of 2)

stew


In addition to the idiom beginning with stew

  • stew in one's own juice

also see:

  • in a stew
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