hot seat


Definition of hot seat

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

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Jordyn Woods was put in the hot seat today when TMZinquired if the model and designer would be willing to rekindle her friendship with Kylie Jenner. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods Says She Will "Always" Have Love For Kylie Jenner," 19 Apr. 2019 Chelsea’s recent play has put manager Maurizio Sarri on the hot seat. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Chelsea May Have to Hit the Reset Button, Again," 22 Feb. 2019 Discussions of hot seats and honeymoons are pointless right now. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh faces questions, pressure as critical offseason begins," 2 Jan. 2018 The port also supports two local multiplayer modes—hot seat, and local. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience," 4 Oct. 2018 Dylan Caudill, 23, is in the MFCO hot seat tonight. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Destroyed an Unarmed Minuteman III ICBM During a Test Gone Wrong," 31 July 2018 Since reopening in early 2018 following a relocation and renovation, Noma 2.0, which was designed by Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels, has been the hottest seat in town. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Andy Cohen does not spend a lot of time in the hot seat. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Andy Cohen's Dream Dinner Party Guest List Probably Looks a Lot Like Yours," 12 Dec. 2018 One of the lawmakers on the hot seat ahead of the vote is Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who recently received a particularly unusual gift in an effort to sway her opinion. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Ahead of Kavanaugh confirmation vote, Sen. Collins receives 3,000 hangers from pro-choice activists," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hot seat

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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