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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But in recent days there’s been a steady flow of news coming out of the kingdom that would suggest the IPO is once again on the front burner. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco IPO: What to Know About the Possible $2 Trillion Deal," 10 Sep. 2019 Whitmer's agreement to take road funding off the front burner complicates other aspects of her budget plan. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer, GOP leaders: Budget now first priority, even without road funding deal," 25 June 2019 The Koch political network rode the wave of the Tea Party movement expertly, injecting its own concerns into the Tea Party’s agenda, and turning climate change into a front burner issue for the movement. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "How David Koch Changed The World," 23 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of front burner

1973, in the meaning defined above

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