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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.

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Nearby words

frons, front, front and center, front bench, front bottom, front burner, front burner, on a, front court, front desk, front dive, front door
Compare back burner.

Origin of front burner

First recorded in 1965–70; by analogy with back burner
Related formsfront-burn·er, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.

    The Public Option's Last Stand|Matthew Yglesias|February 20, 2010|DAILY BEAST