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back burner

noun
1.
a condition of low priority or temporary deferment (usually used in the phrase on the back burner):
Put other issues on the back burner until after the election.
Origin of back burner
1945-1950
1945-50; from the custom in cooking of placing pots not requiring immediate attention toward the rear of the stove
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British Dictionary definitions for backburner

back burner

noun
1.
on the back burner, put aside for the time being, as a subject that is not of immediate concern but that may be activated later; postponed
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Contemporary definitions for backburner
noun

state of temporary postponement or deferral; also written back burner

Word Origin

refers to the back burners of a stove, where food gets less attention

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Slang definitions & phrases for backburner

back burner

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on the back burner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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