back burner

noun
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:
1945–50; from the custom in cooking of placing pots not requiring immediate attention toward the rear of the stove

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back burner
 
n
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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Main Entry:  back burner
Part of Speech:  n
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Example sentences
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.
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