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

Examples of front burner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand has a bevy of projects on the front burner. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, "Rebecca Minkoff Talks How Rebellious Streak Propelled Her Business," 12 Apr. 2021 For the mayor, the watchdog report comes at a moment when several politically difficult Police Department issues are on the front burner. John Byrne,, "City watchdog’s harsh report on Chicago police handling of George Floyd protests draws strong reactions: ‘This is something structural to policing.’," 19 Feb. 2021 But losses suffered this year will keep this topic on the front burner of every sports franchise. David Moore, Dallas News, "Sports gambling in Texas? Cowboys are betting on new revenue to help offset pandemic losses," 11 Feb. 2021 This important issue has been on Judicial Watch's front burner for a while now, as evidenced by the lawsuits filed and resolved with several states. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "'Ghost' voters," 17 Jan. 2021 Such perceptions, on top of the hiring results, have kept the issue on the front burner in the NFL, which currently has four minority non-interim head coaches. Jarrett Bell, USA Today, "Eric Bieniemy is ready to be a head coach. Which NFL team will finally take him?," 30 Dec. 2020 As the league searches for new revenue, the issue of expansion has gotten more air time in league circles, though Silver said it’s not on the front burner for the NBA. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Adam Silver says NBA is prepared to change plans if coronavirus protocols fail," 21 Dec. 2020 Lawsuits claiming misbehavior by Google and Facebook promise to keep this topic on the front burner. Editorial Board New York Times, Star Tribune, "The Biden administration: Policy ideas that could bridge the divide," 14 Dec. 2020 But days earlier, Butler and his team had suddenly found themselves on President Donald Trump’s front burner when the president began publicly agitating for churches to reopen. Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the Fall of the CDC," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Front burner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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