Definition of hot seat in US English:

hot seat


  • 1The 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’
    • ‘He added: ‘There's no evidence that such a scheme was actually used on either occasion when Mr Ingram was in the hot seat.’’
    • ‘Michael Graham, who coached the Red and White side last year, put his hand up for another season in the hot seat, only to have to stand down when his partner accepted a position in Perth.’
    • ‘More than half the squad will be in the hot seat along with a number of former players to face questions from fans.’
    • ‘The hot seat doesn't get much more scorching than this.’
    • ‘And to think it could have been Ahern in the hot seat.’
    • ‘The biggest single issue surrounding the club is obviously who is going to be next in the hot seat.’
    • ‘He has worked at the centre for 20 years, spending the last five in the hot seat.’
    • ‘We were on the hot seat and had to get the job done.’
    • ‘On the hot seat are the 15 percent who say it's a toss up between promotion and outsourcing.’
    • ‘Lang put himself on the hot seat with the stroke of a pen.’
    • ‘Don't put your people on the hot seat just to give yourself a comfortable cushion.’
    • ‘Low-level workers aren't the only employees on the hot seat, according to insiders.’
    • ‘Next month he marks five years in the hot seat at Dunfermline and declares that he could not be happier.’
    • ‘In the hot seat was the Attorney-General Peter Toyne.’
    • ‘A former health supremo today paid tribute to the children of courage who filled him with admiration during his 19 years in the hot seat.’
    • ‘Clearly, the veteran warrior doesn't mind being in the hot seat.’
    • ‘A poster is allowed to rate the interviewer in the categories of technical, character and overall difficulty and leave comments about what it was like sitting in the hot seat.’
    • ‘This is going to be highly unpopular and I don't want to be in the hot seat, but somebody has got to do it.’
    • ‘With the museum underway, Jerry Coates retired and I moved into the hot seat - and it was getting warmer every day.’
    • ‘He may have only been in the hot seat for less than a season, but already he has made some brave decisions that some would not.’
  • 2North American The electric chair.

    • ‘Today visitors can take their turn on the hot seat providing a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.’
    • ‘When the lovers are found shot to death, a local religious fanatic is convicted and sentenced to the "hot seat."’
    • ‘He's visited the execution chambers of Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama, and ten times he has given testimony, either in court or in hearings, trying to help defendants avoid the hot seat.’


hot seat

/ˈhät ˌsēt//ˈhɑt ˌsit/