Have you ever been in the hot seat? Are you in it now?
No, it's not a heated seat but one that is in a critical, decision making situation.
Everything depends on you; you have to decide because you are in the hot seat.
Well - there was a programme in the UK, called Mastermind, where the hot seat, in this case - a big, black chair, was the focal point of this general knowledge quiz show.
It was an intellectual programme with difficult questions but very clever, well educated people.
However, sometimes the hot seat was just a bit too hot for them.