front burner, on a

Also, on the front burner. A position of relatively great importance or high priority. For example, The boss said this project is now on a front burner. This expression alludes to a cook's putting the items requiring the most attention at the front of the stove. [1960s] Also see back burner.


Nearby words

  1. front,
  2. front and center,
  3. front bench,
  4. front bottom,
  5. front burner,
  6. front court,
  7. front desk,
  8. front dive,
  9. front door,
  10. front foot

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