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 Microsoft has so far remained somewhat insulated from the scrutiny in the U.S., and hasn’t had to participate in confrontational congressional hearings where other CEOs were in the hot seat. Nico Grant, Fortune, 30 June 2021 During last night's final episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Reunion Part 2, Khloe Kardashian was in the hot seat. Megan Decker,, 22 June 2021 In short, Big Food should take notice of what is happening in the fossil fuels industry as a wake-up call, and expect that their turn on the hot seat will come soon. Hank Cardello, Forbes, 8 June 2021 That might have sounded at the time like the wishful thinking of a coach on the hot seat, except that the Giants went on to run the table. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 Longtime third base coach Ed Sedar was shifted to an advisory role, putting Lane in the hot seat. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 That has made some tech companies eager for their own turn in the hot seat, the people said, which has put a strain on investigative manpower. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, 6 June 2021 That means California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are in the hot seat. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 More frustration followed as Daniel Vogelbach flied out and Travis Shaw struck out, leaving Adames in the hot seat. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of hot seat

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jul 2021

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“Hot seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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