hot seat

noun Slang.
2.
a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation: I'm in the hot seat because of the contract I lost.

Origin:
1915–20

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hot seat
 
n
1.  informal a precarious, difficult, or dangerous position
2.  (US) a slang term for electric chair

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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
  place.
Few, however, expected her to be given the finance hot seat.
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