back burner

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. back away,
  2. back bacon,
  3. back bay,
  4. back bench,
  5. back boiler,
  6. back burner, on a,
  7. back catalogue,
  8. back channel,
  9. back clearance,
  10. back clipping

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

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British Dictionary definitions for back-burner

back burner

noun

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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