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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hot seat

hot seat


informal a precarious, difficult, or dangerous position
US a slang term for electric chair
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