back burner

noun

Definition of back burner

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

Other Words from back burner

back-burner \ ˈbak-​ˌbər-​nər How to pronounce back burner (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of back burner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is because the murder charge puts the domestic violence case firmly on the back burner. Christopher Goffardstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Considered a non-essential business by Navajo Nation, the duo put plans on the back burner once again. Sunset Magazine, 23 May 2022 Now, as the economic outlook is increasingly clouded, the Communist Party is putting its campaign on the back burner. New York Times, 18 May 2022 As for Master Raymond's story, that's on the back burner for now. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 Now, as the economic outlook is increasingly clouded, the Communist Party is putting its campaign on the back burner. New York Times, 18 May 2022 David Fincher puts his trademark psychological thriller on the back burner, and this time gives the dramedy biopic a go with Mank. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 Take on learning a new skill that has been sitting on the back burner. Mark Nevins, Forbes, 13 May 2022 As major circuits across the country devoted most of their auditoriums to the Sorcerer Supreme, other theatrical releases were put on the back burner with limited showtimes for 72 hours. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of back burner

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back burner was in 1943

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Last Updated

5 Jun 2022

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“Back burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20burner. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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