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STEWS, Eng. law., Places formerly permitted in England to women of professed lewdness, and who, for hire, would prostitute their bodies to all comers.
     2. These places were so called because the dissolute persons who visited them prepared themselves by bathing; the word stews being derived from the old French estuves, stove, or hot bath. 3 Inst. 205.

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He said he had never heard of water-rats in Irish stew, and he would rather be on the safe side, and not try experiments.
It was a great success, that Irish stew. I don't think I ever enjoyed a meal more.
Harris was disagreeable after supper, - I think it must have been the stew that had upset him: he is not used to high living, - so George and I left him in the boat, and settled to go for a mouch round Henley.
"Not much fear of that while this stew's on," he grunted, as he pulled back to the island.
you don't like the smell of it, my dear," said the young woman, observing that Maggie did not even take a spoonful of the stew. "Try a bit, come."
There are so many cookbooks covering soups, stews, and combinations of both that one might wonder at the need for yet another, but 1,001 Delicious Soups & Stews: From Elegant Classics to Hearty One-Pot Meals offers an expanded version of a favorite, features streamlined recipes that are quick and easy to put together and a classification system designed to make it easy for cooks to pick one over another, and an approach that relies on no special ingredients for success.
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My wife does not like the skins that float in the stews and sauces.
Ethiopian food is best known for its richly flavored meat and vegetable stews and for injera, a spongy sourdough flatbread that acts as both an edible "plate" and an alternative to forks and knives.
Dumplings and potatoes were added to soups and stews to make the dish more substantial and make it go further.
These "kitchen friendly" recipes are organized into major sections covering: Breakfasts & Beverages; Salads, Soups, Stews & Chowders; Main Dishes; Side Dishes; Breads, Biscuits & Muffins; and Desserts.