WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ˈhot ˌseat, n. [ count;
usually singular;
often: the + ~] [Slang.]
  1. Slang Termselectric chair.
  2. Slang Termsa highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hot seat′, [Slang.]
  1. Slang TermsSee  electric chair. 
  2. Slang Termsa highly uncomfortable or embarrassing situation:I'm in the hot seat because of the contract I lost.
  • 1915–20

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hot seat n
  1. informal a precarious, difficult, or dangerous position
  2. US
    a slang term for electric chair
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