- 1 [mass noun] A dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: lamb stew [count noun]: add to casseroles, stews, and sauces
- 2 [in singular] • informal A state of great anxiety or agitation: she’s in a right old stewMore example sentences
agitated, anxious, in a state of nerves, nervous, in a state of agitation, in a panic, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, flustered, flurried, in a pother• informal in a flap, in a state, all of a dither, in a sweat, in a tizz/tizzy, in a tiz-woz, all of a lather, het up, in a twitterNorth American • informal in a twitAustralian/New Zealand • informal toey• dated overstrung
- No wonder they're in a stew - we keep occupying their territory.
- Consider all the people who sat home in a stew in 1968 rather than vote for Hubert Humphrey.
- Hadn't they gotten in a stew with her over him in the first place because of that?
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- 1(With reference to meat, fruit, or other food) cook or be cooked slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan: [with object]: beef stewed in wineMore example sentences
- They can be used in spring salads; and their sweetness can be used to remove sourness from food, particularly fruit, so it is useful to add some when stewing rhubarb or gooseberries.
- Braising, steaming, poaching, stewing, and microwaving meats minimize the production of these chemicals.
- The chef swore that he did not add gourmet powder to the soup when we asked how he maintained such tasty flavors after stewing the dish on a fire for at least four hours.
- 1.1 [no object] British (Of tea) become strong and bitter with prolonged brewing.More example sentences
- The bar attendant lady hesitated not for one second and cheerfully confided that her brew had been stewing for three hours.
- 2.1Worry about something, especially on one’s own: James will be expecting us, so we will let him stew a bitMore example sentences
- I packed and did laundry and stewed and fussed and worried until 1 a.m. but I think we're back on track.
- M.L. told one of my favorite stories about herself, of the night when she, pregnant with her third child, stewed and fretted about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- I have quite a bit more to say on this, but I'm gonna let you guys stew for a bit before I continue.
stew in one's own juice
- • informal Be left to suffer the consequences of one’s own actions.More example sentences
- Yet, it has to be admitted, on perusing the reports from around the world, that many governments feel little commitment to media freedom - if anything, the opposite - and are more than content to let journalists stew in their own juice.
- So most people would be better off to save their money and leave the Leftist college teachers to stew in their own juice.
- I'm even staying in Wil's room, but until you can get your mind out of the gutter and ask me for the whole story, you can just stew in your own juice.
Middle English (in the sense 'cauldron'): from Old French estuve (related to estuver 'heat in steam'), probably based on Greek tuphos 'smoke, steam'. sense 1 of the noun (mid 18th century) is directly from the verb (dating from late Middle English).
- 1A pond or large tank for keeping fish for eating.More example sentences
- On one of my local stew ponds there is an attitude that if it's not into double figures it ain't worth catching.
- A tonne of fish is transported from the stews into a system of concrete channels.
- The quality of the fish is impressive, reared as they are in more sizeable areas than crude stew ponds.
Middle English: from Old French estui, from estoier 'confine'.
nounNorth American • informal
- A flight attendant.More example sentences
- But I'd be in favor of keeping the present policy of no weapon, period if the stews had access to non-lethal weapons and were trained in their use.
- The stews might as well have announced this plane is equipped with fore and aft screaming children.
1970s: abbreviation of stewardess.