on the back burner

on the back burner
not getting or needing immediate attention.

After months on the back burner, the debate about e-mail privacy is about to be renewed.

Usage notes: often used with put:

She decided to attend Harvard, where she would study political theory and put her acting career on the back burner.


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  • on the back burner — back burner, on the back burner, in a secondary place; set aside or postponed as subordinate: »The first of the High Energy Astronomy Observatory satellites…resumed development earlier this year after being put on the back burner by NASA (Science …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the back burner — ► If something is on the back burner, it is not being dealt with at the present time, especially because it is not urgent or important, but it will be dealt with in the future: »Any plans of opening new restaurants are on the back burner until… …   Financial and business terms

  • on the back burner — mod. out of the way; aside and out of consideration. (See also on the shelf.) □ We will have to put this on the back burner for a while. □ She kept her boyfriend on the back burner until she decided what to do about him …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • on the back burner — 1. adjective Not immediate; inactive; receiving less than full or regular attention. That project is on the back burner until we deal with higher priorities. 2. adverb Not …   Wiktionary

  • on the back burner —    If you put a project or issue on the back burner, you decide to deal with it at a later date because you do not consider it to be that ugent or important.     When Julie was offered a promotion she put her MBA plans on the back burner …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on the back burner — to be done later, not as important    The playground project is on the back burner until next spring …   English idioms

  • put something on the back burner — put (something) on the back burner be on the back burner if a plan is on the back burner, no one is dealing with it at present, but it has not been completely forgotten. Plans for a new sports complex have been put on the back burner …   New idioms dictionary

  • put on the back burner — put (something) on the back burner be on the back burner if a plan is on the back burner, no one is dealing with it at present, but it has not been completely forgotten. Plans for a new sports complex have been put on the back burner …   New idioms dictionary

  • be on the back burner — if a plan is on the back burner, no one is dealing with it at present, but it has not been completely forgotten. For the moment, strike action is on the back burner …   New idioms dictionary

  • put something on the back burner — informal phrase to decide not to deal with something until later Thesaurus: to stop doing somethingsynonym to kill a person or animalsynonym Main entry: back burner …   Useful english dictionary

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