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.
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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
Words nearby back burner
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Example sentences from the Web for back-burner
Denzel Washington in Philadelphia: “There was something like that [with Philadelphia] where I was on the back-burner.”Bill Murray’s Words of Wisdom: On Comedy, the Greatness of In-N-Out, and Searching For Great Love|Marlow Stern|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for 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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