front burner


Definition of front burner

: the condition of being in active consideration or development : a position of priority usually used in the phrase on the front burner — compare back burner

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front-burner adjective

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The challenges after that month of media exposure, then Congress has moved on to now dealing with tax policy and other issues, and this is kind of gone off the front burner. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna explains his ‘internet bill of rights’," 6 Oct. 2018 It was nestled among condiments on the counter and his fingertips got barely past the front burner, where an empty frying pan waited to be greased. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Lizard Lover" by Christine Vines," 2 June 2018 On the front burner, for now, however, is the Clark shooting. NBC News, "Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg offers measured response in wake of unrest," 7 Apr. 2018 On their front burner now is a projected budget shortfall exacerbated by the surge in popularity of tuition-free dual-credit programs for high school students. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Four Alamo Colleges trustees face re-election challenges," 7 Apr. 2018 Fire investigators determined one of the occupants of the apartment was cooking french fries on the stove when the grease spilled out of the skillet and onto the front burner, Reith said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "4 firefighters injured battling south-side apartment fire," 2 Feb. 2018 By raising Jerusalem as an issue, Trump put it back on the front burner of the region’s politics. Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine, "Getting Kicked, Taking Names," 21 Dec. 2017 But for now there’s not even room for it on the front burner as lawmakers, just back from a five-week summer recess, face a series of more immediate tasks. Erica Werner, The Seattle Times, "Congress to speed up Harvey aid, tackle debt limit," 5 Sep. 2017 The relationship between the two men has hit rocky terrain at a time when the administration has put its push for tax reform on the front burner -- a high-profile gambit in which Cohn is playing a central role. Jeremy Diamond, Sara Murray And Kaitlan Collins, CNN, "Trump stews over top adviser, but tax reform looms," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of front burner

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of front burner was in 1973

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