hot seat


Definition of hot seat 

1 slang : electric chair

2 : a position of uneasiness, embarrassment, or anxiety

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So, that puts James Comey in the hot seat for a wide variety of things. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway blasts media's Melania conspiracy theories," 6 June 2018 And while the notorious hoodie-wearing-CEO is expected to apologize (again) in his prepared testimony for how slow Facebook responded to the abuse on its site, this isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has faced the hot seat. Meghann Farnsworth, Recode, "This is what happened the last time Mark Zuckerberg faced a high-pressure interview," 9 Apr. 2018 Mularkey was on the hot seat for a while, but most thought his job was safe after a win in the first round of the playoffs. Dan Brechlin,, "On The Fly: The NFL Coaching Carousel, UConn Hockey On TV And LeBron James," 15 Jan. 2018 With Marco Silva now firmly installed in Everton’s managerial hot seat and Marcel Brands overseeing proceedings as the new director of football at Goodison Park, a focussed and ambitious transfer campaign is expected to take place on Merseyside., "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018 The three-mile stretch is crisp, clean and offers a pretty hot seat to the park’s mountains and scenery. Sara Cagle,, "Here are five float-friendly rivers perfect for a long and lazy afternoon," 29 June 2018 Apparently, this improvement was an indirect product of Zuckerberg's ten hours in the Congressional hot seat last month. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Says It Will Take 3 Years to Fix Facebook," 1 May 2018 Bulldogs' coach Mark Fox is feeling a hot seat after a 7-11 finish in the conference. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "3 things about Kentucky basketball's path to the SEC Tournament Championship," 7 Mar. 2018 Matheny is on the hot seat, and Cardinals fans are on edge. Paul Sullivan,, "Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals trying to keep their heads in trying times," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of hot seat

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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