hot seat

noun Slang.
a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation: I'm in the hot seat because of the contract I lost.

1915–20 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
hot seat
1.  informal a precarious, difficult, or dangerous position
2.  (US) a slang term for electric chair

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Slang Dictionary

hot seat definition

  1. n.
    the electric chair. (Underworld. See also in the hot seat.) : The hot seat is just waiting for you, Lefty.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The for-profits are on the hot seat because they are the new kids on the block.
Now, imagine being sat not in the observer's armchair but in the regulator's
  hot seat and faced with such a crisis again.
Seen from the hot seat of an emerging-market bank, the world is a dangerous
Few, however, expected her to be given the finance hot seat.
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