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empty chair




empty chair (plural empty chairs)

  1. (psychotherapy) A chair which is used to personify the client's object of conflict
  2. A podium or chair left empty to highlight the absence of someone from a debate.
    • "Megyn Kelly and The Donald's empty chair made Thursday’s debate the most absurd moment of the election cycle—and that's really saying something!"


empty chair (third-person singular simple present empty chairs, present participle empty chairing, simple past and past participle empty chaired)

  1. (transitive, debating) To draw attention to (a person who is absent from a debate) by providing an empty podium or chair which they would have occupied.