Definition of Back burner

1. Noun. Reduced priority. "Dozens of cases were put on the back burner"

Generic synonyms: Precedence, Precedency, Priority
Antonyms: Front Burner

Definition of Back burner

1. Noun. A section of a stove used to keep some pots warm while one focuses on others. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic) A state of low urgency; a state of low current importance. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Back Burner

back and forth
back and forths
back aperture
back at you
back away
back bacon
back beat
back beats
back biter
back biters
back blocks
back board
back boiler
back brace
back breaker
back burner (current term)
back burners
back catalogue
back channel
back circle
back country
back cover
back crawl
back cross
back crosses
back doors
back double biceps
back down

Literary usage of Back burner

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Iron Trap Around America by Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn (1993)
"We decided to put those on the back burner, which we did. ... We had to put that on the back burner. That is more amenable to a small company that's ..."

2. Housewifery: A Manual and Text Book of Practical Housekeeping by Lydia Ray Balderston (1921)
"The heat of the flame under the front burner is sufficient for slow cooking on the back burner. Such a top makes the gas stove top like the coal stove. ..."

3. Foods and Household Management: A Textbook of the Household Arts by Helen Kinne, Anna Maria Cooley (1914)
"Open the oven doors, and the door below, strike the match, turn on the leader, and light it, turn on the back burner, and then the front burner, ..."

4. Nature, Extent, and Proliferation of Federal Law Enforcement: Hearing Before edited by Bill McCollum (1998)
"Law enforcement is unpredictable, but so that we don't let a program as important as health care fraud lapse or take a back burner, whether we could get a ..."

5. The School Kitchen Textbook: Lessons in Cooking and Domestic Science for the by Mary Johnson Lincoln (1915)
"... helps in top browning; then reduce the heat, sometimes by turning off the back burner entirely. Five minutes before removing the food turn off all heat. ..."

6. Handbook of Practical Gas-fitting: A Treatise on the Distribution of Gas in by Walter Grafton (1907)
"But this is achieved by the non-lighting-back burner in so far that the gas can be turned very low without risk of firing-back. Ordinary grates are of three ..."

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