back burner


Definition of back burner

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

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

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Most of these races have spent much of the election cycle on the back burner. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "House Races Tighten as Midterm Elections Near," 16 Oct. 2018 Her appearance was a surprise one, as Delevingne has famously put her fashion career on the back burner since pursuing acting and opting to focus more on her mental wellbeing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Opened Balmain While Lip Syncing Prince," 28 Sep. 2018 Currently on the back burner are the crossover Model Y, a Tesla pickup truck, the Semi tractor trailer, and the next generation of the Roadster. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla eyes cost savings so it can make $25,000 cars in three years, Elon Musk tells MKBHD," 18 Aug. 2018 This has been one of the points of dispute in the ACLU suit that’s currently on the back burner but might pick up this week as the government turns over more info — including which parents have been deemed ineligible for reunification and why. Lauren Katz, Vox, "Your questions about the family separation crisis at the border, answered," 1 Aug. 2018 As for her previous nanny position, that’s being put on the back burner for now; having recently learned about the pollution from the fashion industry, Bekah has her sights set on giving back to the environment in a stylish way. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Bekah Martinez on "The Bachelor," Social Media Bullying, and Hair Secrets," 27 June 2018 The next stop is on the back burner for now as Arkansas improved to 2-0 at the College World Series with a 7-4 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals draft pick Eric Cole helps push Arkansas to College World Series success," 20 June 2018 The quiet-zone project went to the back burner for a while to find the funding, said Gary Kellison, an Oceanside senior civil engineer. Phil Diehl,, "Railroad 'quiet zone' on target for 2019 finish," 18 June 2018 While Schultz had been trying to expand the Seattle company's premium business, dubbed Reserve, along with Italian bakery Princi, analysts have speculated that these may be put on the back burner under the new leadership. Leslie Patton,, "Starbucks plans to open fewer stores in U.S. while closing many in larger cities," 19 June 2018

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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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