Meaning of anxious seat

anx'ious seat"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Also calleda seat reserved at a revival meeting for those troubled by conscience and eager for spiritual assistance.
  2. a state of anxiety, esp. about the outcome of a vote, negotiation, etc.: Strikers have been in the anxious seat for the last three days.
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