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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You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?
Compare back burner.
Origin of front burner
First recorded in 1965–70; by analogy with back burner
OTHER WORDS FROM front burnerfront-burner, adjective
Words nearby front burner
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Example sentences 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.