on the back burner

Definition of on the back burner

chiefly US

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

    :  articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage :  formed deep within the mouth

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for

  1. :  one that burns: such as

    :  the part of a fuel-burning or heat-producing device (as a furnace or stove) where the flame or heat is produced

    :  a device for recording data on an optical disk

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