hot seat


Definition of hot seat

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

Examples of hot seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coming off a 4-8 season, Muschamp enters the 2020 season on one of the hottest seats in the SEC and will need to show offensive improvement after an inconsistent 2019 campaign. John Talty |, al, "6 new SEC assistants who could define season," 20 Feb. 2020 Even before this incident was revealed, Peters was considered to be on the hot seat in Calgary because the Flames have played poorly this season. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Reports: Flames fire coach Bill Peters after player said he used racial slur while talking to him a decade ago," 29 Nov. 2019 The Patriots’ front seven will be on the hot seat in terms of staying disciplined in their lanes, especially on the edges., "“Yeah, he’s very fast. Yeah,” Belichick said. “He’s had great production.”," 1 Nov. 2019 On the hot seat in May, Martinez will manage his first postseason game Tuesday when Washington hosts Milwaukee in the NL wild-card game. Tom Verducci,, "Will Dave Martinez Be the Manager to Finally Push the Nationals Forward in October?," 30 Sep. 2019 San Francisco went 4-12 in 2018 and Shanahan was on something of a hot seat this season. Washington Post, "Super Rally: Mahomes, Chiefs win Super Bowl with late surge," 3 Feb. 2020 The Spun lists Sumlin among five college football coaches on the hot seat entering the 2020 season. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats' Kevin Sumlin among college football coaches on hot seat entering 2020," 20 Jan. 2020 Tom Perez is again in the hot seat over the lack of diversity on the debate stage. Annah Aschbrenner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: The one where 2020 heats up," 17 Jan. 2020 Talc powder manufacturers have been in the hot seat over allegations that popular products used for feminine hygiene may be linked to ovarian cancer. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "This Startup Is Creating a Massive Health Care Map and Just Raised $50 Million," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hot seat

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hot seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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