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 The Broncos also might not be in the market for a first-round QB, as coach Vic Fangio is on the hot seat and needs to win now., "Sam Darnold trade fallout: Do the Patriots now have less competition for a first-round quarterback?," 6 Apr. 2021 The decision by Facebook and Twitter to ban former President Donald Trump in the wake of the mob attack will also likely come up as lawmakers have the big tech CEOs in the hot seat. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs face lawmakers for 'Disinformation Nation' hearing," 25 Mar. 2021 Kylie Jenner is in the hot seat after asking fans to donate to her makeup artist's GoFundMe over the weekend. Sarah Midkiff,, "Billionaire Kylie Jenner Asks Fans To Donate To Her Makeup Artist’s GoFundMe," 23 Mar. 2021 Additionally, if inflation fears and the 10-year yield were to once again pop up, that could put tech back in the hot seat, notes Ally's Bell. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Why tech stocks are surging back this week," 9 Mar. 2021 The buck never stopped — least of all with the assistants and senior officials and acting undersecretaries in the hot seat. Washington Post, "In a bureaucracy, no one has the answers," 4 Mar. 2021 According to Bucuti & Tara's mixologists, this energizing, antioxidant stimulant is California cool, just what's needed as the royals dish in the hot seat. Aly Walansky, Forbes, "7 Cocktails To Enjoy While Watching Oprah Interview Prince Harry And Duchess Meghan," 3 Mar. 2021 A year later, in December 2020, Smokey Glow put another drama channel in the hot seat and released a statement condemning fellow beauty-commentary-channel creator Angelika Oles for her allegedly racist and transphobic past. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Welcome to the Circus," 2 Mar. 2021 The Steelers missed the playoffs the last two seasons, which put Tomlin on a bit of a hot seat to avoid their first three-year drought since 1998-2000. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "Column: In a crazy world, Steelers provide needed stability," 4 Dec. 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 14 Apr. 2021.

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