front burner

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noun

Informal. a condition or position of top priority: Put the project on the front burner and finish it as soon as possible.

Compare back burner.

Origin of front burner

First recorded in 1965–70; by analogy with back burner
Related formsfront-burn·er, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of front burner

  • A new fuss over the public option would necessarily return health care to the front-burner and chew up a bunch of time.

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    The Public Option's Last Stand

    Matthew Yglesias

    February 20, 2010