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

Other Words from front burner

front-burner adjective

Examples of front burner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The summer camps and the Pollinator Palooza are just two of the programs currently on the front burner. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 7 June 2022 With these factors simmering on the front burner, pressure on the Biden administration to cancel sizable balances of student debt has intensified. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Perhaps paradoxically, one of the largest issues that continues to permeate the blockchain and cryptoasset landscape is the lack of transparency, which was brought to the front burner after the disclosure of just how USDT is reserved. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Still, Biden's advisers have strategically mapped out ways to keep the issue on the front burner. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 The setback for Biden’s social spending bill, his administration’s focus in the final months of 2021, explains at least in part why the White House is shifting voting rights to the front burner. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 In this heated environment, the film's suggestions to foster more consensus, put voting rights on the front burner and increase civics education in schools seem like the equivalent of raising a hand to speak during a shouting match. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 Later this morning, Luna moves into playful Leo and makes a supportive angle to Mercury, urging us to put fun on the front burner. Tarot Astrologers,, 24 Nov. 2021 Since then, his dispute with the Lions over money has become front burner. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of front burner

1973, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Front burner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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