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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Asked about Hawley’s putting entitlement reform on the back burner, Yuval Levin points to the populism. John Mccormack, National Review, "Josh Hawley’s Virtue Politics," 20 June 2019 Well, Madeline has apparently put the issue on the back burner, because Ed still doesn’t know the deal. Washington Post, "‘Big Little Lies’ isn’t as mysterious as it used to be. But we still have 7 unanswered questions.," 10 June 2019 But those plans are seemingly on the back burner as the company focuses on Stratollites. Loren Grush, The Verge, "World View keeps one of its high-altitude balloons afloat for a full 16 days," 5 June 2019 And without Apple as an anchor customer, Intel had to put its own modem chip work on the back burner as well. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 The high school football season is about to begin, which means the Son of Swami has to put his real estate endeavors on the back burner. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Son of Swami predicts 2019 Michigan high school football state champions," 24 Aug. 2019 School’s out, work’s on the back burner, the sun is warm, the water or the desert or the mountains beckon. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Finding the solitude and sense of freedom that vacation affords," 18 July 2019 For now, though, the crypto plans keep simmering on the back burner, displaced by more pressing realities. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Alexandrea Gale has put her acting career on the back burner to hit the reset button, but things get interesting when a local in her family’s hometown recruits her to renovate a local vintage theater. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019

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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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