Saturday, April 22, 2006


Stew in (his) own juices

(originally posted April 12th, 2006)

Definition: to worry with self-doubt, to think it over, usually after some sort of a mind game or interrogation

Example: We've explained quite well what the suspect's options are... Cooperate, or go to jail. We've left him alone to let him stew in his own juices for a while. We expect he will talk to us about the theft very soon.

Origin: In cooking, making a stew involves a LONG simmer over very little heat. At the end, you would turn off the heat and let the residual heat within the stew cook the meat inside.

This interrogation technique requires creation of self-doubt in the individual being questioned. With a few dropped hints, the suspect will convince himself to confess.

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