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See also: back-burner and back burner

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EtymologyEdit

From back +‎ burner.

NounEdit

backburner (countable and uncountable, plural backburners)

  1. (countable) A burner of a stove away from the cook's side.
  2. (uncountable) A state of being postponed, deferred or given lower priority (from the sense that pots on backburners get less attention).
    We'll put next year's Christmas party on the backburner until we deal with the current financial crisis.

VerbEdit

backburner (third-person singular simple present backburners, present participle backburnering, simple past and past participle backburnered)

  1. (transitive, informal) To relegate to a lower priority