In the hot seat



In an uncomfortable or embarrassing situation, usually by being subjected to severe criticism: “When the settlement talks broke down, he was in the hot seat with both management and labor.” The phrase is an extension of “hot seat,” slang for the electric chair.

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on the hot seat

adverb phrase

In an uncomfortable situation; in a jam: You’re on the hot seat every day in that job (1960s+)
see: hot seat

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