Anxious seat



Also called anxious bench. Chiefly North Atlantic States and Southern and South Midland U.S. a seat reserved at a revival meeting for those troubled by conscience and eager for spiritual assistance.
a state of anxiety, especially about the outcome of a vote, negotiation, etc.:
Strikers have been in the anxious seat for the last three days.
Historical Examples

Let each worshiper be a mourner over his sins, each pew an anxious seat.
The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church G. H. Gerberding

Ill turn up some day in the anxious seat when you dont expect me.
A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

During this time Mrs. Dare had been on the anxious seat, so to speak.
The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox

That took him off of the anxious seat and put him on the solid.
The Adventures of a Forty-niner Daniel Knower

Both, certainly, were new, and both prescribed one capital and fundamental principle-‘the anxious seat.’
The Knickerbocker, Vol. 10, No. 2, August 1837 Various

There now were nine applicants on the anxious seat in the reception room.
Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins

I have been on the anxious seat ever since I received your telegram.
Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.

A smile illumined his pleasant features as he remembered that Mr. Bobo, like himself, was sitting upon the anxious seat.
Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell

They kept persistently after us, and we were more or less on the anxious seat, till it did get dark.
Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair

Publishers are now sometimes kept on the anxious seat for months awaiting decisions which may wreck their businesses.
The Development of Rates of Postage A. D. Smith

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    full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health. earnestly desirous; eager (usually followed by an infinitive or for): anxious to please; anxious for our happiness. attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness: anxious forebodings. Contemporary Examples On Sunday, the […]

  • Anxiousness

    full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health. earnestly desirous; eager (usually followed by an infinitive or for): anxious to please; anxious for our happiness. attended with or showing solicitude or uneasiness: anxious forebodings. Historical Examples Was it to […]



  • Anybody

    any person. a person of some importance: If you’re anybody, you’ll receive an invitation. anybody’s guess, a matter of conjecture: It’s anybody’s guess why she quit. Contemporary Examples We never imagined, it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent. Palin’s Other Arizona ‘Targets’ Shushannah Walshe January 9, 2011 “As anybody who has […]

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    No particular time, as in It doesn’t matter when; any day is fine with me. Also, any day now. Quite soon, as in I might get a call any day, or There could be a snowstorm any day now. Also, any day of the week. Every day, as in I could eat fresh corn any […]



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