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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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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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Slang definitions & phrases for back-burner

back-burner

modifier

: a back-burner project

verb

To put a project, idea, suggestion, etc, in reserve: Shall we just back-burner that one? (1980s+)


back burner

Related Terms

on the back burner


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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