on the front burner

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on the front burner

chiefly US
: in the position of something that will receive immediate attention and action
  • The President has put tax cuts on the front burner.

Word by Word Definitions

front play
  1. : forehead

  2. : external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity

  3. : vanguard

  1. : to have the front or principal side adjacent to something

  2. : to act or serve as a cover or front (see 1front 7a) for something or someone

  3. : to assume a fake or false personality to conceal one's true identity and character

  1. : of, relating to, or situated at the front

  2. : acting as a front

  3. : articulated at or toward the front of the oral passage

burner play
  1. : one that burns: such as

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

  3. : a device for recording data on an optical disk


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