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back burner

Where low-priority tasks figuratively reside. Typically used in the phrase "put (something) on the back burner." The phrase refers to the back burner of a stove, which is where pots are usually placed to simmer on low heat. I know you're eager to start on this new project, but I'm afraid it's going on the back burner—we just don't have the budget for it right now. You need to go to a doctor! You can't put your health on the back burner any longer!
See also: back, burner
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On pedigree, the extra two furlongs should be ideal for Back Burner and it will be disappointing if he fails to get off the mark.
Ian Fleming, Unison's joint branch secretary for Northumberland, said: "We are pleased by this but don't see it as a victory, because parking charges have just been put on the back burner and will no doubt come back for discussion.
One morning, my stove finally ran out of back burners.
After this I didn't hear from anyone else at the school and put the issue on the back burner, hoping that my efforts had done some good.
In January, Bombardier put the CSeries on the back burner but pledged to keep it alive for at least this year with $100 million earmarked for continued development.
It left small builders not named Bombardier on the back burner.
John Maloney, MP, chairman of the Commons Justice Committee, proposes to put it on the back burner in order to tackle some other commonplace criminal justice bills that have been lying around for some time.
In the fierce competition for the time of a typical small-businessman or woman, things that go beyond payroll, accounting and general operations, including IP protection, often get put on the back burner, leaving small businesses at risk.
Consequently, the marketing of the sector's strength to overseas auds has been placed on the back burner.
We don't believe the roll-out should be stopped or blocked J lira or put on the back burner," Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg told Reuters news service.
I'm sure when General Synod meets, many will put this hot topic on the back burner, as they have tried to avoid controversy for years.
SNP leader John Swinney was savaged by his own MSPs yesterday for putting independence on the back burner.
Those proposals were ultimately shoved to the back burner.