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hot seat

noun, Slang.
2.
a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation:
I'm in the hot seat because of the contract I lost.
Origin of hot seat
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • "The hot seat" had set some sort of record, not only for Broadway longevity, but for audience frenzy.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "I really didn't expect you to get tickets for 'The hot seat,'" she said.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Shaking his head over this flimsy structure of logic, he headed down to "The hot seat."

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • There was just a touch of hauteur as he said: "We'll see 'hot seat'."

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Mosby grunted deep disgust, looked over his shoulder toward the hot seat, looked again at Bennington.

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for hot seat

hot seat

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