(to be) on the spot

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - on the spot

"(to be) on the spot"



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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - on the spot

"(to be) on the spot"

in the place where something is happening or has just happened


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - on the spot

"(to be) on the spot"

in trouble;

in a difficult situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the spot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You don't look happy.

Colleague 2:  The boss can be so demanding.  If you don't have answers on the spot, he gets upset.

Colleague 1:  He does expect immediate responses.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the spot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I really don't want to travel this week.

Colleague 2:  So why do you have to go?  Can't you just teleconference?

Colleague 1:  The boss has a big sales pitch to give in Singapore and wants me on the spot to answer any technical questions.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - on the spot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I think I may be in trouble. I was in a meeting with the boss and a major client and the boss asked a technical question which I should have had an answer for but that I didn't have the answer for.

Colleague 1:  Don't worry. Being put on the spot happens all the time. Just do better next time.

(to be) on the spot - Usage:


(to be) on the spot - Gerund Form:

Being on the spot he was able to respond immediately in person.

(to be) on the spot - Examples:

1)  Your boss putting you on the spot in front of a big client? Gonna be uncomfortable.

2)  My head swam with flash-baked sense-impressions, rich and detailed. I knew on the spot that Debra's Hall of the Presidents was going to be a hit.

3)  It can be done either as a formal meditation practice or right on the spot at any time.

4)  He did such a good job that he was called back on the spot, even though the callbacks aren't until September!

5)  ... they then rounded up a hundred citizens, and executed them all on the spot

6)  ... unarmed teenager in front of witnesses and didn't get arrested on the spot and quickly charged with a crime.

7)  ... bag was larger then mine and they made him pay for his luggage on the spot.

8)  They were excited to see me and made me an offer on the spot. So, yes, now I'm employed.

9)  ... slim pickings he had to work with, some managers were clearly put on the spot and came up with creative solutions.

10)  In most cases a decision is made on the spot. It some, the decision is 'deferred'.

11)  It's really complicated and puts me on the spot.

12)  ... and print copies of it on the spot with one of those portable printers.

13)  ... why did the CinC not go to Congress first. Put them on the spot, no?

14)  Don't fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

15)  I am hired on the spot, and told to come back a week later for my first shift.

16)  I'm going to have to put you on the spot here, Professor Morris. Your contention would be, conservatively, how old, ...

17)  Have you ever felt put on the spot at a Thanksgiving dinner when the host asks you to share with everyone what you ...

18)  I need you on the spot. I want you with me.

19)  There has to be a way to test how high a driver is on the spot. Something similar to a Breathalyzer test needs to be invented first.

20)  ... and so they find it psychologically intolerable when anyone puts them on the spot with a question.