back burner

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.

1945–50; from the custom in cooking of placing pots not requiring immediate attention toward the rear of the stove Unabridged
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back burner
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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