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stew

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a state of nervous or irritated concern
  • many in town are in a stew about the proposed plan to close at least one of the elementary schools

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2 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • the audience went into a stew when the evacuation order was announced

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4 a building in which prostitutes are available
  • a red-light district full of down and dirty stews

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stew

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of stew (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cook in a liquid heated to the point that it gives off steam
  • stew the chicken till tender, and then remove the meat from the bones

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2 to experience concern or anxiety
  • stop stewing over that game and just try to do better next time

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The first known use of stew was in the 13th century

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“Stew.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stew. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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