on the back burner

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*on the back burner

Fig. [of something] on hold or suspended temporarily. (Alludes to putting a pot that needs less active attention on a back burner of a stove, leaving space for pots that need to be stirred. Compare this with on the front burner. *Typically: be ~; put something ~.) The building project is on the back burner for now. This matter was on the back burner for a long time.
See also: back, burner, on

on the back burner

not getting or needing immediate attention After months on the back burner, the debate about e-mail privacy is about to be renewed.
Usage notes: often used with put: She decided to attend Harvard, where she would study political theory and put her acting career on the back burner.
Opposite of: on the front burner
See also: back, burner, on

on the back burner

mod. out of the way; aside and out of consideration. (see also on the shelf.) We will have to put this on the back burner for a while.
See also: back, burner, on

on the back burner

As a low priority: kept the project on the back burner all summer.
See also: back, burner, on
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