Definition of put someone on the spot in US English:

put someone on the spot


  • Force someone into a situation in which they must make a difficult decision or answer a difficult question.

    • ‘I don't want to put you on the spot, but I know at some point you've had to think about this.’
    • ‘She's always talking to the actors and putting them on the spot.’
    • ‘Any time he put her on the spot or asked her a question, she would panic and her voice would go shaky for fear of saying something to embarrass herself.’
    • ‘I had been silent for most of the lesson until Peter, the teacher, put me on the spot and asked me a question.’
    • ‘I did not have to put them on the spot up front and ask them too many questions about themselves.’
    • ‘It's hard for her to hear me say that, but if I am put on the spot and asked a difficult question, I'll answer it.’
    • ‘I have never had a student who asked so many questions, who put me on the spot so much, who insisted on understanding every detail of every subject.’
    • ‘It puts McCain on the spot and pulls him right back to the center of this battle.’
    • ‘The next question my friend posed really put me on the spot.’
    • ‘I grabbed my hands behind my back, a gesture that I made every time I was put on the spot or in trouble.’
    inconvenience, trouble, bother, impose on, cause inconvenience to, create difficulties for, put someone to any trouble, disoblige
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