In Reply to: Re: Stew in your own juice posted by Graham Cambray on January 26, 2009 at 10:59:
: : 'Stew in your own juice'. Any ideas on origin of this one?
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This phrase seemed to have evolved from the earlier "Fry in ones own grease". Chaucer, in line 487 of The Prologe of the Wyves Tale of Bathe, has "in his owene grece I made him fry" (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/8734101/British-and-American-Literature-by-Liela-Borges, p. 101). Answers.com says the phrase you asked about dates from the second half of the 1800s. Not the most complete response, but I thought this had been sitting unanswered for a bit. (GC)