front burner

Informal. a condition or position of top priority: Put the project on the front burner and finish it as soon as possible.
Compare back burner.

1965–70; by analogy with back burner

front-burner, adjective Unabridged
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front burner

top priority; "the work was moved to the front burner in order to meet deadlines" [ant: back burner
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