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back burner

noun
1.
a condition of low priority or temporary deferment (usually used in the phrase on the back burner):
Put other issues on the back burner until after the election.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; from the custom in cooking of placing pots not requiring immediate attention toward the rear of the stove
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  • Often the environment and health get pushed on the back burner.
  • Moreover, my scholarship has been put on the back burner.
  • Business issues were put on the back burner to give the technical ideas room to roam.
  • All that stuff is put on the back burner for the moment.
  • For that reason, legislation is being kept on the back burner.
  • And all of the above has left greens frustrated, as time and again climate and energy legislation has been put on the back burner.
  • Meanwhile, real economic reform will once again move to the back burner.
  • As the election campaign picks up pace, the president's focus is likely to drift and electricity may return to the back burner.
  • Successive governments set infrastructure development on the back burner.
  • Academics had always come easy in a region where sports were the main focus and school sat on the back burner.
British Dictionary definitions for back burner

back burner

noun
1.
on the back burner, put aside for the time being, as a subject that is not of immediate concern but that may be activated later; postponed
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Contemporary definitions for back burner
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Slang definitions & phrases for back burner

back burner

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on the back burner


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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