in the hot seat


1. be in an important position or one in which you face intense scrutiny






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be put in the hot seat/have spent time in the hot seat

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To be in the hot seat means to be in a position where you are responsible for something important or subject to intense criticism, questioning or scrutiny.

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  1. Peter spent three years in the hot seat as chief executive of a prominent retail company, so he has a wealth of experience.
  2. I'm going to be put in the hot seat today. The boss wants me to call into his office to explain why I didn't submit my report on time.
  3. You have a lot of talent. Play your cards right and one day you could be the one in the hot seat, running things at the company.

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  1. I'll be in the hot seat with my teacher if I don't have some work to show her at our next meeting.
  2. Universities are in the hot seat for increasing fees.

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