the hot seat

Definition of the hot seat

:the position of someone who is in trouble or is being asked many difficult or embarrassing questions
  • When the company ran into financial trouble, it was the accountant who found herself in the hot seat.

Word by Word Definitions

hot play
  1. : having a relatively high temperature

  2. : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding

  3. : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  1. : hotly

  2. : fast, quickly

  1. : a period of relatively high temperature : a period of heat

  2. : one that is hot (such as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)

  3. : strong sexual desire

  1. : heat, warm

seat play
  1. : a special chair of one in eminence

  2. : a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on

  3. : the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting

  1. : to install in a seat of dignity or office

  2. : to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat

  3. : to provide seats for


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