hot seat


Definition of hot seat

1 slang : electric chair
2 : a position of uneasiness, embarrassment, or anxiety

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Recent Examples on the Web Coach Ron Rivera, now in his ninth season, finds himself on the hot seat with the Panthers on pace to miss the playoffs for the second straight season., "NFL fans should appreciate the final six weeks of the regular season, because we might be watching the final run for four potential Hall of Famers.," 23 Nov. 2019 Next up, the former White House official Fiona Hill will take the impeachment hearing hot seat this morning. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Democrats debate, Sondland's bombshell testimony, and Prince Andrew steps away from royal duties: The Morning Rundown," 21 Nov. 2019 And in this episode, Miss USA’s Chelsie Kryst and Miss America’s Nia Franklin sat in the hot seats. Danielle Young, Essence, "Watch Cynthia Erivo And Naomie Harris Have A Battle Of Black British Culture," 12 Nov. 2019 Shelby sits down next to Ford instead of choosing the hot seat. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Tracy Letts steals every scene he's in as Henry 'the Deuce' Ford in 'Ford v Ferrari'," 11 Nov. 2019 While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, the actor, 33, was quite literally put in the hot seat by host Ellen DeGeneres when he was asked to eat a spicy ghost pepper before answering some burning questions. Claudia Harmata,, "Shia LaBeouf Says Dakota Johnson Was His Best Onscreen Kiss: 'She's a Sweetheart'," 5 Nov. 2019 Illinois appeared on course for another disastrous season after a 2-4 start, placing coach Lovie Smith squarely on the hot seat. Matt Murschel,, "10 things we learned during college football weekend," 9 Nov. 2019 Morris is on the hot seat and calls from a segment of Razorbacks fans are growing louder for the return of Bobby Petrino. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky upends Arkansas and puts Chad Morris' job in jeopardy," 9 Nov. 2019 Once firmly on the hot seat, Smith is now one win away from cementing his job security for 2020. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from Week 10 in college football led by Georgia, Florida State," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hot seat

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Dec 2019

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“Hot seat.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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