back burner



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

First recorded in 1945–50; from the custom in cooking of placing pots not requiring immediate attention toward the rear of the stove Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for back-burner

abeyance, limbo, suspension

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British Dictionary definitions for back-burner

back burner


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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