hot seat

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hot seat (plural hot seats)

  1. (slang) The electric chair.
    • 1932, Big City Blues:
      Looks like you for the hot seat, kid. Come along, both of you.
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 10:
      With deep creases slanting across the jowls of his dark bony face from the corners of his wide full mouth, and his sunken dark eyes, he was certainly a prime subject for the artists who sketch candidates for the hot seat for the tabloids, and for three days they had been making the most of it.
  2. The seat occupied by a game show contestant at a stage where they are answering questions alone.
  3. (by extension) Any stressful situation.

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