hot seat

hot seat
noun
1. an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person
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the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair

Syn: ↑electric chair, ↑chair, ↑death chair
Hypernyms: ↑instrument of execution
2. a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
Hypernyms:
position, ↑post, ↑berth, ↑office, ↑spot, ↑billet, ↑place, ↑situation

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noun
2. : a position of uneasiness or embarrassment or anxiety : a position involving oppressive responsibility

on the hot seat, directing a half-million dollar gamble — Mark Stroock & Percy Knauth

kept Iran on a political hot seatArmed Forces Talk

3. slang : an ejection seat in an airplane

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Slang.
2. a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation: I'm in the hot seat because of the contract I lost.
[1915-20]

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hot seat noun
1. The electric chair (US sl)
2. Any uncomfortable or tricky situation (figurative)
3. A position of responsibility
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Main Entry:hot

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hot seat,
1. Informal. an uncomfortable situation or position; an unpleasant or difficult duty, office, or the like: »

If something is wrong, then I'll sit on the hot seat and take the responsibility (Wall Street Journal).

2. U.S. Slang. the electric chair.

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n. the hot seat informal
1) the position of a person who carries full responsibility for something, including facing criticism or being answerable for decisions or actions

it's been a bad week for the men in the hot seat

2) the electric chair

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noun
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.

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the ˈhot seat [hot seat hot seats] noun singular (informal)
if sb is in the hot seat, they have to take responsibility for important or difficult decisions and actions

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  • hot seat — ► NOUN (the hot seat) informal 1) the position of a person who carries full responsibility for something. 2) chiefly N. Amer. the electric chair …   English terms dictionary

  • hot seat — hot′ seat n. Slang. 1) sts electric chair 2) sts a highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • hot seat — ☆ hot seat n. Slang 1. ELECTRIC CHAIR 2. any difficult position subjecting a person to harassment, criticism, or stress …   English World dictionary

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  • hot seat — {n.}, {slang} 1. The electric chair used to cause death by electrocution in legal executions. * /Many a man has controlled a murderous rage when he thought of the hot seat./ 2. {informal} A position in which you can easily get into trouble. * /A… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hot seat — {n.}, {slang} 1. The electric chair used to cause death by electrocution in legal executions. * /Many a man has controlled a murderous rage when he thought of the hot seat./ 2. {informal} A position in which you can easily get into trouble. * /A… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hot seat — I np The electric chair. Marcus got the hot seat for murder. 1920s II np A critical position with great pressure for success. Dwayne is in the hot seat now: if he doesn t make his quota, he is history. 1930s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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