on the back burner

idiom

Definition of on the back burner

chiefly US
: in the position of something that will not receive immediate attention and action She put her singing career on the back burner to pursue her dream of being a movie star.

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“On the back burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20back%20burner. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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