hot seat


Definition of hot seat

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

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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 Social media giants in the hot seat last week, testifying before Congress about perceived bias on their platforms. Fox News, "Sen. Lindsey Graham on Kavanaugh hearings, bid to declassify documents," 9 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of hot seat

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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