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hot seat

noun, Slang.
a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation:
I'm in the hot seat because of the contract I lost.
Origin of hot seat
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I really didn't expect you to get tickets for 'The hot seat,'" she said.

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

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  • Mosby grunted deep disgust, looked over his shoulder toward the hot seat, looked again at Bennington.

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
  • "The hot seat" had set some sort of record, not only for Broadway longevity, but for audience frenzy.

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  • Shaking his head over this flimsy structure of logic, he headed down to "The hot seat."

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British Dictionary definitions for hot seat

hot seat

(informal) a precarious, difficult, or dangerous position
(US) a slang term for electric chair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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