back burner


: the condition of being out of active consideration or development
usually used in the phrase on the back burner
back-burner transitive verb

Examples of back burner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Forgetting about the greens on a low back burner only deepens their tenderness and flavor. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 17 Feb. 2024 In some cases, business and IT leaders relegate ERP updates to the back burner to cut costs. Kevin Beasley, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Parks in Hells Canyon could be put on the back burner for the first campouts or fishing trips this spring. Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 For example, effective strategies that reduce violent crime without causing a surge in arrests are often put on the back burner when a department is struggling to meet basic emergency response needs. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 Though ignorance is certainly part of the issue (a problem that can’t be seen or felt tends to take the proverbial back burner), access is an issue, too. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2023 None is quite ready to move from the back burner to the front burner. Dave Itzkoff, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 As a result, Barry says, Best Buy’s televisions and PCs are being pushed to the back burner. Bypaige Hagy, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2023 Wilson’s talent was put on a back burner, said Chris Young, his manager. Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back burner was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Back burner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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