back burner, on a

In a position of low priority. For example, I haven't forgotten his letter; I've just put it on a back burner for now. This term alludes to a cook's putting items requiring less attention at the back of the stove. [Colloquial; mid-1900s] Also see front burner.


Nearby words

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

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