Crossword Genius

Tough position perhaps as result of lying? (3,4)


I believe the answer is:

hot seat

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(Other definitions for hot seat that I've seen before include "Hates to be in difficult position" , "Difficult or dangerous position" , "Warm place for one with difficult task?" , "Difficult situation" , "Situation of responsibility or danger" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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