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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
1915-1920
1915-20
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Examples for hot seat
  • 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.
  • Going from chief of staff, to the actual hot seat of the presidency is going to be an interesting transition.
  • But the other auto makers should not rejoice because their time in the hot seat will come too, again and again.
  • What he said, if said about any minority, would land him in the hot seat.
  • Notification can be made by the resident, hot seat resident, or staff.
  • He had the hours in the hot seat during the relevant times.
  • He's the politician on the hot seat and yet he managed to make all of them look bad.
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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