in the hot seat
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in the hot seatalso on the hot seat
in a difficult position He suddenly found himself in the hot seat, facing angry residents who wanted him to resign.
in the hot seat(British, American & Australian) also on the hot seat (American)
in a position where you are responsible for important or difficult things He suddenly found himself in the hot seat, facing a hundred angry residents at a protest meeting. She has been the woman in the hot seat at this company during the last five difficult years. Give me a break -- I've been sitting on the hot seat all morning, fielding phone calls from angry customers!See hard on heels, hard on the heels of, blow hot and cold, drop like a hot brick