Interested in Language
The journalist has put the mayor on the spot during an interview.
Whatīs this expression supposed to mean? Iīve looked it up in some dictionaries and havenīt found any answers yet
Thanks in advance,
It means to place someone in an uncomfortable, difficult or embarrasing situation. It usually means asking someone questions that they don't want to answer but they can't avoid answering them.
My mom put me on the spot when she asked me who broke her vase. I knew my brother had done it, but I didn't want to get him in trouble.
"Are you doing anything for lunch today?" Fred asked me.
"No," I replied without thinking.
"Why don't you join me then?"
Now he had me on the spot - I really didn't want to dine with him, but I'd already revealed that I had no other plans.